New Delhi: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that while China is trying to change the status quo in the Doklam tri-junction area”, India is well equipped to defend itself and doesn’t feel threatened in the least.
“Over the years, China has been trying to get closer and closer to where the tri-junction point ends. It has done things like repair roads, re-tar them and things like that,”Swaraj said in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on the India-China border standoff. She then described what was different about the incident on June 16 that sparked the latest standoff.
“This time though, they came with bulldozers and construction equipment with the aim of breaching the point where the tri-junction ends. That is a threat to our security,” said Swaraj. The minister said that while China wants India to withdraw its troops, “it’s only fair that China too should do the same”.
“We have the law and right on our side,” she said about India’s position. In response to a question on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, Swaraj said that India has opposed it and registered its opposition to it right from the start.
“As soon as we learned that they are making CPEC a part of OBOR, we registered our protest,” the minister said referring to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Swaraj further said that all nations friendly to India are cautious about OBOR and China’s motivations.