Doklam dispute: China demands Indian withdrawal

Sunday, 06 Aug, 2017

Upset with India's move, Nepal's parliament had demanded that the two countries drop the mention of Lipulekh from the Sino-Indian joint statement as it was against all global norms.

India has been urged to take seriously China's position document on India's border troops' trespass, and to immediately and unconditionally withdraw the troops.

China has stepped up its anti-India tirade over Doklam with its state media warning of baneful consequences.

Talking to Chinese daily Global Times, Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said the latest remarks from the Chinese ministries and officials send a signal to India that China will not tolerate the Indian troops' incursion into its territory for too long.

What started as a cross-border dispute over China's construction of a road project in an area, also contested by Bhutan, has now snowballed into a tense stand-off.

While China has asked India to back off and said that it is a matter strictly between China and Bhutan, it has not issued a statement on Bhutan's discontent with China.

Meanwhile, China's military has again warned India not to underestimate its resolve to hold the Doklam area.

Just yesterday, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had ruled out the option of war in regards to the Doklam standoff, and said that the two countries are negotiating on the issue. For instance, on the border issue, while China has refused to pay heed to the McMahon Line arguing that it is the result of an imperialistic aggression by Britain, here China traces its claim on Doklam to another British era treaty signed by Tibet and Britain in 1890.

Lipulekh has, in the past, been the cause of insecurity in Nepal, located in the disputed Kalapani area that is claimed by both India and Nepal.

Nepal, in fact, has two tri-junctions with China and India - Lipulekh in western Nepal and Jhinsang Chuli in eastern part. China cherishes the decade-long peace on the border and wishes not to break it.

In a fresh salvo, China has told India not to test its patience over Doklam, with its Defence Ministry saying that "restraint has a bottom line".

The area resembles a tented colony with the Indian Army pitching more than 10 tents with the capacity of providing cover to more than ten soldiers in each tent. "But India doesn't seem to understand", Lan said, adding that there are "various possibilities" if India keeps ignoring China's diplomatic efforts.

Today, no country in Asia has any doubt that China has definite expansionist plans and it wants to browbeat other Asian countries by it's economic or military strength or by using both.

An Indian source well-networked into the Chinese think-tank circuit told The Sunday Express that Hu is "a known India-baiter", but "does not speak for the Chinese military establishment".