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Doklam stand-off: After China's veiled threat, India says coordinating with Bhutan

Doklam stand-off: After China's veiled threat, India says coordinating with Bhutan

Asked about China's claim of India reducing its troops from 400 to 40 in Dokalam, he refused to give a direct reply calling it an operational matter.

With its economy now growing faster than China's, and with a strong military and deep wariness about China's ambitions in Asia, India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is determined to face China down. Both Bhutan and India have objected to China over the attempt to build a road in Doklam citing security concerns.

China has repeatedly called on India to withdraw its forces.

While the Indian troops succeeded in thwarting China's belligerent designs, it resulted in a standoff since June 16.

On Thursday, the External Affairs minister spelt out the government's stand on the issue in Parliament. China should understand that war would never solve any problem and while at the end of the war, one may look like being victorious, it never would be so on actual terms.

He further said that even if there's a war between the two countries, the solution again would have to be found through diplomacy post war too.

Even though India is confident that Bhutan will never agree to sort out the boundary issue with China bilaterally, it has not gone unnoticed that sections of the Bhutanese press is insisting on evolving an independent outreach with the global community, including China.

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While Beijing maintains that the 1890 pact between Great Britain and China on Sikkim and Tibet has "delimited" or settled the boundary along Sikkim, India refers to a 2012 written understanding between special representatives on India-China boundary alignment in the Sikkim sector, and says the 1890 pact is the basis for future agreement for final demarcation of boundary in this region, The Economic Times points out.

China and India are locked in a tense standoff in the Doklam region for over two months now.

India's corporate media has for years been stoking animosity toward China and this has increased over the past two years as Beijing, in response to the burgeoning Indo-US alliance, has strengthened its longstanding strategic ties with Pakistan, India's arch-enemy.

China alleges that Indian troops crossed the border at Sikkim in mid-June to stop the People's Liberation Army (PLA) from constructing a road in Donglang (Doka La or Doklam in India and Bhutan), a territory which it claims as its own. "We will keep engaging with China to resolve the dispute", external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, a day after Beijing issued a 15-page document which it termed a fact sheet of the face-off.

"Indian side is always keeping "peace" on the tip of its tongue. The Indian side should bear corresponding responsibilities", Geng said. He said that until yesterday, "there were 48 Indian soldiers and one bulldozer" in Doklam area, describing it as illegal intrusion into Chinese territory. Moreover, the Indian side is building roads, hoarding supplies and deploying a large number of armed forces on the Indian side of the boundary. Modi said he is a "product of the ancient Indian tradition that firmly believes in dialogue on hard issues". "The PLA did not strike in the past month when Indian troops savagely trespassed into Chinese territory". The Chinese daily said that Modi is gambling with the country's future and the lives of its people, as a war would make China an easy victor.

"The standoff has not been resolved because China and India see the incident from different perspectives".