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Our forces still intact at Doklam, India hits back at China

Our forces still intact at Doklam, India hits back at China

China in a statement on Wednesday claimed there were around 400 Indian troops in the area "at one point", and by end of July there were 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer "illegally staying over Chinese territory". India was represented by a high-ranking army official, while Bhutan's ambassador to India Vetsop Namgyel was also present along with the likes of Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

Yang held a bilateral meeting with Doval "at his request and in accordance with the practice", the ministry said in a written reply to a question about the discussions relating to the standoff at Doklam which began when China started constructing a road in the area.

China on Wednesday said it had informed India in advance about its road building activity in Doklam on the border and reiterated its demand that New Delhi must withdraw its troops immediately from the area.

"China's road building on its own territory is aimed at improving local transportation, which is completely lawful and legitimate".

However, China dismissed India's concerns saying: "To cross a delimited boundary and enter the territory of a neighbouring country on the grounds of so-called "security concerns", for whatever activities, runs counter to the basic principles of worldwide law and basic norms governing global relations".

The document dismissed India's claims that China was attempting to change the status quo of the border region by building a road. "The Indian border troops' crossing of the already delimited boundary is a very serious incident as it violates China's sovereignty and territorial integrity", it said.

Further, the report says that China warned India that it would take "all necessary measures", and saying "no country should ever underestimate the resolve of the Chinese government and people to defend China's territorial sovereignty".




"To cross a delimited boundary and enter the territory of a neighbouring country on the grounds of so-called "security concerns", for whatever activities, runs counter to the basic principles of global law and basic norms governing worldwide relations".

"The China-Bhutan boundary issue is one between China and Bhutan".

"China and Bhutan are friendly neighbours". It has nothing to do with India.

China has also claimed that a 2006 document signed between New Delhi and Beijing indicated that the two countries had agreed to the boundary in the Sikkim sector, based on an 1890 Sino-British treaty, reported the Hindustan Times.

They have told Reuters that both sides' diplomats have quietly engaged to try to ensure the stand-off does not escalate, and that India's ambassador to Beijing is leading the effort to find a way for both sides to back down. "This is a prerequisite and basis for resolving the incident".

China had earlier accused India of concocting excuses over the illegal entry of its troops while also adding that it had shown great restraint.


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