Pull back all troops to end stand-off, China tells India


According to China, the problem started on June 18, two days after its troops had begun building a road, when over 400 "Indian border troops had on June 18 " advanced over 180 metres into Chinese territory.

Doklam, at the tri-junction of China, India, and Bhutan, holds strategic importance for all three. India has said it warned China the road construction would have serious security implications.

"What India has done not only severely violates China's territorial sovereignty but also poses grave challenges to regional peace and stability and the normal worldwide order, which will not be tolerated by any sovereign state", Geng said.

"The Chinese side urges the Indian government to keep in mind the larger interest of bilateral relations and the well-being of the two peoples". It lies at the junction between China, the Indian state of Sikkim and Bhutan.

"This makes it fundamentally different from past frictions between the border troops of the two sides in areas with undelimited boundary".

Even last week's visit to Beijing by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval also could not provide any solution to the stand off, as both sides have been maintaining the stand that issue can only be resolved by diplomatic channels. India and China have a dispute over their boundaries dating back to the 1962 war and are in talks to resolve their differences. Sources also claimed the similar number of troops from Chinese side is also deployed at the site.

China on Wednesday emphatically rejected India's interference in its ongoing boundary dispute with bhutan in the Doklam area and again urged New Delhi to withdraw unconditionally and end the almost two-month long stand-off.

Earlier on Wednesday, China had released a statement demanding "immediate and unconditional withdrawal" of Indian troops from Doklam and also accused India of "concocting" excuses over illegally sending troops into Chinese territory.

Du Youkang, director of the Centre for South Asia Studies at Fudan University, said dialogue between the two sides had continued throughout the dispute and neither wanted the row to escalate.

India on Wednesday reiterated that peace and tranquility in the border areas is very important for smooth development of bilateral relations with China.

China has dismissed India's claims that China was attempting to change the status quo of the border, and called Indian troops attempts to err into Chinese territory was had gravely undermined peace and tranquillity of the China-India border area.

Commenting on the military stand-off at Doklam plateau, India said its stance remains the same as articulated in the press release issued on June 30, almost a fortnight after the controversy erupted near Sikkim border.

The paper also repeated Beijing's contention that the Indian move challenged the sovereignty of Bhutan, which is guided by India in foreign policy.

However, New Delhi has cited a statement by Bhutan's foreign ministry underscoring that the construction of the road "inside Bhutanese territory" is a direct violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements between Bhutan and China.