China asks India to remove forces before any dialogue

RSTV Bureau

A day after India pitched for dialogue to solve the border standoff between Armies of India and China, the country has put a precondition for talks.

Chinese Embassy in New Delhi asked India to pull back troops from the border, which it feels is China’s territory.

“As far as solution is concerned Indian troops must pull back to Indian side of the boundary unconditionally and immediately. This is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India,” said Li Ya , political counselor for the Chinese Embassy in India.

Ya said that India crossed the delimited boundary of another country’s territory in name of security concerns. And that won’t be acceptable to any sovereign state.

On Wednesday, India had said that the stand-off in Sikkim sector can be resolved diplomatically and Chinese soldiers should leave the Bhutanese territory to reduce tension in the area.

“I think the issue can be resolved at the diplomatic level. The Chinese troops should stay where they were earlier. China is approaching towards Bhutanese territory. We want them not to come forward…This is our security concern and this is our stand. Bhutan’s King had yesterday given a statement that Chinese (troops) are entering into its territory. This tension can be resolved at the diplomatic level. Across the table we can solve all the problems,” Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said.

File Photo of Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang.

File Photo of Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang.

Bhamre’s comments came on a day China accused India of “trampling” on the principles of the Panchsheel pact and demanded that India “correct its mistakes” by pulling back its troops immediately.

Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui earlier said that China had ruled out a compromise in the military standoff with India and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation.

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction for the past 19 days. Trouble began after a construction party of the Chinese army came to build a road.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India.

On the standoff, the Ministry of External Affairs had  said India was “deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India”.

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