China Face Off: Situation Remains Tensed, China Accuses India Of Betrayal

China maps Indian troops' Doklam foray

Indian troops have been stationed at the Donglong border, near its mountainous Sikkim state, for nearly a month, which is the longest stand-off between the two neighbors since a war they fought in 1962.

China has accused India of "betraying" a British-era territorial understanding over the disputed border.

"The trespass of Indian border troops into China territory took place at defined Sikkim section of China-India boundary which is violation of 1890 Convention signed between China and Great Britain" Geng Shuang said during his regular press briefing here.

The "war of words" between China and India is heading towards extremity as the former today traded a new stern diplomatic warning to India over the new hotspot in the decades-old border dispute, a remote scrap of territory where the frontiers of China, India and Bhutan meet.

The spokesperson said the action taken by the present Indian government was betrayal of the consistent position held by the Indian governments in the past.

India's Ministry of External Affairs referred to a statement it made on Friday, when it warned China that construction of the road near their common border would have serious security implications. According to latest reports, at least 13 Chinese naval units were detected in the Indian Ocean over the last two months, The Times of Indiasaid - ostensibly in the name of anti-piracy operations. India is in a security arrangement with Bhutan to provide protection to its borders.

"The Bhutan side does not know previously that the Indian troops entered into the Doklam area, which is not in line with what is claimed by the Indian side", Geng said. Post Sino Indo 1962 war, the area was placed under India Army and ITBP. He was trying to contradict an Indian statement that the Royal Bhutan Army had on June 16 protested against the PLA's construction activities in Doklam.

The commentary in Xinhua, considered an official view, said "despite its strategic discomfort, it is important for India to get over its "China anxiety" and carefully assess the initiative, recognise its potential benefits and seize the opportunities".

China today said that there is "no scope for a compromise" with India about the almost two-week old standoff at the Sikkim border and said the "ball is in India's court" to end the tension.

China then also shut down the Nathu La pass and denied entry to pilgrims travelling to Kailash Mansarovar. It'll be interesting to see how New Delhi responds to it.

Meanwhile, another defence expert Ashok Mehta said that for the first time ever, India has a situation in the Chumbi valley in the Doklam plateau, where Indian and Chinese soldiers are confronting each other on Bhutanese territory.

The standoff comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping of China are set to cross paths in Hamburg at the G20 meeting of developed and developing countries on 7-8 July.

Chinese are making attempts to build a road which was objected to by Bhutan. It is under the effective jurisdiction of China and it is without any dispute.

China has a long-standing border dispute that continues to simmer and talks have been largely inconsequential, despite several bouts of amicable relations.

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