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China: Restraint on Doklam not unlimited

China: Restraint on Doklam not unlimited”

He repeated China's demand that India withdraw its troops from the disputed area.

Border face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops occur on an nearly daily basis at different parts along the 4,057-kilometer (about 2,521 miles) Line of Actual Control between the two nations. Besides, India has security obligations with respect to Bhutan and strategic sensitivities of its own vis-à-vis Doklam.

In letters to former premier Zhou Enlai in 1959, former Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru said the sector of the boundary was defined by the convention.

Last month India, the USA, and Japan held what Trump boasted was the largest-ever Indian Ocean naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal. "So, a solution will definitely emerge if we engage in dialogue on bilateral relations", Swaraj said in Rajya Sabha on Friday, August 4.

On Wednesday, China's foreign ministry issued a 15-page statement detailing its position on the Doklam dispute.

The Chinese editorial came a day after the Defence Ministry of China had warned India to not testing its patience over Doklam saying "restraint has a bottom line".

The piece questions India's action to send military personnel to "protect" Bhutan and terms it illegal and a grey area without any legal basis. He added government is prepared and it is the country's responsibility to ensure security of its citizen and its territory.

The plateau is strategically significant as it gives China access to the so-called "chicken neck" - a thin strip of land connecting India's northeastern states with the rest of the country.

Which, in other words, mean they are close to actual delimitation of the border, a result of 24-rounds of China-Bhutan boundary talks.

At the heart of this entire standoff is Beijing challenging India's special relationship with Bhutan.

It's also commendable that instead of matching Beijing's vitriol, New Delhi has been calm yet firm on Doklam.

Referring to India's June 30 statement on the issue, he said it was put out after "careful deliberations".

The world may have forgotten the last border war between the two most populous countries some fifty-five years ago.

India and Bhutan have maintained historically strong relations. Blowing hot, Ren further said India should abandon its fantasy of expecting change by stalling the situation.

One is not sure as to whether China, in it's present mood and with it's internal political compulsions, will care to acknowledge and reciprocate the positive and healthy observations of the Indian foreign Minister.

India's ruling elite has long viewed itself as the regional hegemon of South Asia.



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