Beijing has sent warnings to Indian authorities to withdraw their troops from the disputed border in Doklam. China has claimed that India has occupied its side of Doklam and is building up troops. The Asian country has demanded an immediate withdrawal of the Indian troops from the remote frontier region which lies high in the Himalayas.
The region in dispute is a plateau which lies between China, India and Bhutan and has been a part of one of the worst border disputes since more than 30 years. The foreign Minister of China has said that India must withdraw the troops from the region which is known as Doklam. It can be said that the place is currently in dispute between China and Bhutan while India supports Bhutan’s claim over the plateau.
A statement from the foreign Minister of China says, “It has already been more than a month since the incident, and India is still not only illegally remaining on Chinese territory, it is also repairing roads in the rear, stocking up supplies, massing a large number of armed personnel”. On the other hand India has denied any such military buildup. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in a statement has urged a dialogue which will be based on the common understanding regarding the border intersection reached in 2012.
Swaraj said, “India always believes that peace and tranquility in the India-China border is an important pre-requisite for smooth development of our bilateral relations”. The foreign minister assured that they will continue to be engaged with the Chinese side with the help of diplomatic channels and find a mutual solution. The issue began with a stand-off in June 2017 when the Chinese had started building a road through the plateau after which India warned China that the building of the road will result in serious security implications. Indian officials have mentioned that about 300 soldiers from either side are facing each other at a distance of 150 meters.
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