Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Doklam row: Sushma meets Bhutan's Foreign Min

Bhutanese Government Refutes Beijing's Claim That Doklam Is A Chinese Territory Bhutan Hopes Doklam Stand-Off Will be Resolved Peacefully
Christy Curtis | 14 August, 2017, 01:47

The Times of India quoted government sources as saying that there has been "some build-up" in terms of movement of additional troops and tanks as well as artillery and air defence units in the Tibet Military District by the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

In a strategically key move, India has poured in more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh in the face of heightened rhetoric by Beijing over the Dokalam standoff, senior government officials said today.

The Sikkim sector of the China-India boundary was defined in the convention signed in 1890 with Donglang being Chinese territory on the Chinese side of the border. "EAM meets with FM of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers' meet", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The Doklam standoff between India and China is on the verge of completing two months but the tension doesn't seem to be reducing in any way.

Another flag meeting between Indian and Chinese Army officers over the ongoing stand-off in Doklam remained inconclusive, as New Delhi asked Beijing to stop its road construction activity in Bhutanese territory, sources said.

China demands that Indian troops withdraw unilaterally before any talks can be held while New Delhi says each side should stand down.

"Our canvas of cooperation is very wide-ranging and both the leaders had an opportunity to discuss a range of issues", he said. "India and China have to live side by side", he added. The ambassadors comparing the Dokalam standoff to Chinese attempts of altering the status quo in the South China Sea were told by the Bhutanese diplomats that it is incorrect and wanted an early resolution between both the countries was expected by them as well. This happened as the Chinese Army tried to construct a road in Doklam, a territory which belongs to Bhutan and the Indian Army stopped China from doing so.

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