Withdrawal Of Troops From Doklam Only Way To End Standoff: China


Beijing: The Chinese foreign ministry on Thursday said that the only way to end the ongoing standoff in Doklam was for India to unconditionally withdraw its troops from the region, a day after Rajnath Singh hoped China would make a “positive” move soon.

Terming India’s reasons to stop the Chinese road-building activity in the epicentre of the current face off as “ridiculous”, China once again accused Indian troops of “illegally crossing the boundary”.

Singh, on Wednesday, had hoped that a solution to the standoff in Doklam would be found soon and said India never attacked a nation nor did it harbour any expansionist behaviour.

“The only prerequisite and condition of this incident is unconditional withdrawal of the Indian troops and equipment,” Hua told reporters.

India and China have been locked in a standoff for more than two months in Doklam near the Sikkim sector. The faceoff began after Indian troops stopped Chinese military from building a road India believes would allow Beijing to cut its access to the northeastern states.

Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but China claims sovereignty over the area. China’s state media has written shrill commentaries over the standoff and has even released a video which portrayed Indians in a very poor taste.

In a separate incident on August 15, Indian and Chinese troops engaged in stone pelting in Ladakh region that resulted in minor injuries to soldiers on both the sides. Hua said China “loves peace and firmly upholds peace”. “At the same time we will safeguard our territorial sovereignty and integrity”. “We will not allow any country or any individual to infringe upon China’s territorial sovereignty,” she said.