Monday, 21 August, 2017

India ready for talks with China to end border stand-off: Sushma Swaraj

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Erik Tate | 21 July, 2017, 00:53

The Chinese media has been shrill about the stand-off at the border in Sikkim, which has been on for more than a month.

"China is a bigger threat to India than Pakistan".

Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military commentator, told the South China Morning Post the movement was "likely related to the stand-off and could have been created to bring India to the negotiating table".

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said a 2012 agreement bound China and India to settle the boundary issue with Bhutan.

India said on Thursday that there should be freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Beijing blames India for the standoff, saying Indian troops prevented Chinese soldiers from building a road in the region, which is also claimed by Bhutan. "Five years later, in 2010, the same prime minister comes to India and says this is a long term issue and we need time to resolve it", the former Indian foreign secretary said.

"Jaishankar told us that China's aggression and rhetoric on the recent standoff is unusual", a member of the parliamentary panel at Tuesday's briefing told Indian media.

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The piece ends by saying that China wants to solve the problem peacefully by diplomatic means, "but the precondition is that the trespassers of India must withdraw unconditionally".

This was followed by a formal compliant, or demarche, issued by the Bhutanese government that accused China of constructing a road "inside Bhutanese territory" in "direct violation" of its territorial treaty obligations.

Meanwhile, as per a report in a mouthpiece of the People's Liberation Army on Wednesday, Chinese troops reportedly moved tonnes of military equipment and hardware into the remote mountainous Tibet region. "We have come to know that China has buried "atom bombs" in Pakistan in order to. prepare to attack India", and Indian intelligence agencies "would know better", he said.

On China's stand that India must withdraw its troops from the region if it wishes to resolve the matter, the external affairs minister said that "it's only fair that China too should do the same".

Most of these air bases are located opposite Arunachal Pradesh. A finished road could provide Chinese troops with an avenue to sever India's access to its northeastern states. It has conveyed to China that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India.

The latest dispute has triggered worldwide concern, with the visiting Australian foreign minister urging the neighbours to resolve the row amicably.

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