China Terms Doklam Standoff As India’s Incursion


Beijing: The Chinese foreign ministry has termed India’s actions in Doklam as an “incursion into China’s Donglang area (Doklam)” and that such a move by New Delhi is “by no means for peace”

Spokesman Geng Shuang responded after the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that “peace and tranquility” of the border between the two nations constitutes the important prerequisite for the smooth development of bilateral relations.

Geng said that China, “out of good will”, notified India in advance through a border meeting mechanism on May 18 and June 8 about its road construction in the Donglang area, but “the Indian side didn’t make any response to the Chinese side through any channel for over one month”.

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Geng said that India talks of maintaining peace at the border but “more than one month after the incursion, 48 Indian border troops and one bulldozer still illegally remained in the Chinese territory, instead, it flagrantly dispatched armed forces carrying equipment to illegally cross the boundary to obstruct China’s road building. This is by no means for peace.”

“If the Indian side truly cherish peace, what it should do is to immediately pull back the trespassing border troops to the Indian side of the boundary,” China daily quoted Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang as saying.

In a statement, Geng said the action of the Indian side amounts to that of “irresponsibility and recklessness.”

He said that until Wednesday, “there were 48 Indian soldiers and one bulldozer” in Doklam area, describing it as illegal intrusion into Chinese territory.