No boundary dispute with Bhutan in Doklam: China

Posted July 07, 2017

"I have been to China-India and China-Bhutan border areas many times and have first-hand knowledge about Doklam in that sense, I would like to share my perception on the current situation in Doklam", Li begins.

The monthlong standoff and unconfirmed reports of troop buildups on both sides of the border have also underscored the swiftly deteriorating relations between the two Asian rivals headed by assertive leaders with a nationalist bent.

In its sharpest comment since the Indian and Chinese troops scuffled in Doklam, the Global Times said on Wednesday that China must teach India "a bitter lesson".

Earlier maintaining that they understand and respect religious sentiments of the Indian people, China had sought to find an alternative way for the Kailash and Manasarovar Yatra pilgrimage.

In line with this political philosophy, China is flexing its muscle, reasserting sovereignty and expanding its arc of influence much beyond the South China Sea, to South Asia, Africa and even to Latin America. The Royal Bhutanese army confronted them, but they were pushed back.

"In addition, he will also participate in the BRICS Leaders' meeting".

"Today the Chinese border troops still patrol there and the herdsmen graze their livestock there, and production and living facilities have been built there", he said.

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He highlighted that Pakistan remained committed to support efforts for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan. The prime minister reiterated his government's commitment to improve relations with Afghanistan and India.

CONTRARY to the Chinese Government's assertion that Jawaharlal Nehru had accepted the 1890 Sino-British treaty over Sikkim to buttress Beijing's claim over the Doka La area, the former Prime Minister had pointed out to China that it was claiming sizeable part of Bhutan's territory. At the time, China said it would take "necessary measures" to defend its territory after India allowed the Dalai Lama to visit "disputed" parts of Arunachal Pradesh, which is near Sikkim.

An intensifying border row between India and China centres around a road-building project by China in the Himalayas, with both states charging the other with territorial intrusions.

Tensions also have escalated in the monthlong standoff due to fiery rhetoric published in Chinese state-run media outlets. The two countries are involved in a border standoff in the Sikkim section over the Doklam plateau. Bhutan may decide to depend less and less on India for its national security.

"We need to give diplomatic and military authorities full power to handle the issue".

"Although China recognized India's annexation of Sikkim in 2003, it can readjust its stance on the matter. As long as there are voices in Chinese society supporting Sikkim's independence, the voices will spread and fuel pro-independence appeals in Sikkim", the same editorial said. China was not in the list since the beginning, so there is no question of China cancelling the meeting with Modi.

The piece further points out that if China were to highlight India's sensitive issues, it would certainly be a decisive card to play against the country.