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Standoff: India won't budge, will not wilt under Chinese pressure

Standoff: India won't budge, will not wilt under Chinese pressure”

The soldiers deployed in the disputed area have pitched tents, in an indication that they are unlikely to retreat unless there was reciprocity from Chinese personnel in ending the face-off at an altitude of around 10,000 feet in the Sikkim section.

In a bid to increase pressure on India, the Chinese state-run media and its think-tanks have been warning India of serious military consequences if does not withdraw it troops from the Dokalm region, on which China claims its ownership.

And since, India, the United States and Japan have begun their 10-day Malabar naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal, which are the biggest of their kind so far, and the USA approved a US$365 million (S$504 million) sale of military transport aircraft to India last week and a US$2 billion deal for surveillance drones is in the works, it is China that should feel "security concerns", given the importance of the Indian Ocean for its trade and oil imports.

A top Chinese foreign ministry official said in Beijing that "The atmosphere is not right for a bilateral meeting", between the two leaders.

"This is ridiculous", the paper said.

India and China share a little over 200-km border in the Sikkim sector.

In some areas they have been building military facilities including fortifications, he said.

India has said Beijing's action to "unilaterally determine tri-junction points" is in violation of a 2012 India-China agreement, which says the boundary will be decided by consulting all concerned parties.

"Otherwise, under India's logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country's Army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir", the article said.

As New Delhi and Beijing continue to engage in a standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks, absence of full time Defence Minister has become a crucial factor.

China has earlier demanded the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Indian troops as a pre-condition of talks on resolving complex border issues.

"India said its troops trespassed on Chinese territory on behalf of Bhutan, which it said has a dispute with China over the Donglang (Doklam in Bhutanese) region", he said. The equilibrium in the relationship with China needs to be restored through quiet old-world diplomacy, while continuing to work with the United States and Russian Federation to build our military capacity and capabilities that have woefully been neglected by the current government, according to Indian Express report.

China has the willingness to solve the issue in diplomatic ways and peaceful means once India withdraws its troops from Chinese soil, Geng said.



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