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Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang on Wednesday reportedly maintained that the ongoing stand-off between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam was different from "previous frictions" between the two countries.

Terrorism was impacting peace and stability in the entire region, the spokesperson added. "So the [India's] position of addressing all issues with Pakistan, including the Jammu and Kashmir issue, in a bilateral framework has not changed".

China has said that it is willing to play a "constructive role" in improving relations between India and Pakistan, especially after the increased hostility along the Line of Control, saying the situation in Kashmir has attracted "international" attention.

Even as the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at the Doklam plateau is now in its fourth week, the government is making efforts to reach out to the Opposition and brief them on the current situation. Till then the Chinese foreign ministry used the "it is routine" fig leaf for the record, but allowed a Chinese scholar to state that this was a reaffirmation of "Chinese sovereignty".

The way the standoff continues and Chinese unwillingness to follow the usual practice of both sides backing off, either before a talk or after the talks, to restore status quo along the border are not common.

" Myanmar is unlikely to do a stupid thing like supporting India's stand on the tensions in the border area, as that would risk cutting its economic ties with China".

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However, India warned China that construction of a road near their common border would have serious security implications.

Last month, China allegedly claimed the tri-junction Doklam area, shared between India-Bhutan-China, "undoubtedly" is located on its side of the border as per the 1890 Sino-British Treaty.

On June 27, China had accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India's northeastern border with Tibet, complicating an already hard relationship.

"We shall support the government in every endeavour to defend our national interest and our borders", Surjewala said. Bhutan is not a "protectorate" of India. Gopal Bagely, however, said that the two countries are using diplomatic channels to ease the tension.

Kristensen and Norris also stated in the article that India's Agni-2 ballistic missile - the two-stage, solid-fuel, rail-mobile projectiles with a range of 2,000km - is probably targeted on western, central, and southern China.