China accuses India of readying troops and repairing roads at border

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This happened after the External Affairs Minister, in the Rajya Sabha, said that India has taken efforts to ease the stand-off with China. Even if there's a war, there have to be talks after that.

Chang Wanquan said, "Although there is a limit to good faith and patience". But the principal factor driving the dispute is India's emergence as a veritable "frontline state" in Washington's military-strategic offensive against China. As a generic rule, military conflict is nearly impossible between two countries with large stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

In March a year ago, China was the sole member in the 15-nation UN organ to put a hold on India's application.

Swaraj's other reason for keeping war off the table is also compelling. Politicians can not go to war unless it guarantees more electoral gains and greater popularity.

India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.

Swaraj clearly outlined India's long-term objectives.

India yesterday said the border stand-off with China cannot be resolved through war but can be settled through bilateral talks.

Since the eruption of the dispute, the Indian media has raised a hue and cry over China's alleged bullying of Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan border kingdom. If that happens, China would easily become the regional hegemon.

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The Times of India quoted sources in government as saying that India's diplomatic efforts to end the stalemate had made satisfactory progress, but cautioned that it would be early to form an opinion regarding China's intent.

This week, the foreign and defence ministries, as well as the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece, reiterated that China will not back down.

Escalating the tension between India and China due to Doklam standoff, the Chinese Defence Ministry once again has warned India.

On Thursday night, Mr Ren urged the Indian side to "give up the illusion of its delaying tactic, as no country should underestimate the Chinese forces' confidence and capability to safeguard peace and their resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty, security and development interests, according to Xinhua".

Hidden in these diplomatic words is that a conflict between China and India, themselves both nuclear-armed powers, would rapidly draw in the United States and potentially other great powers, threatening a global conflagration. What then could be India's options?

India says its troop movements were a response to Chinese road building in the disputed area, which it viewed as a provocation. As India is committed to the security treaty with Bhutan to protect its borders, it can not turn a blind eye to Chinese operations at the tri-junction.

The Indian government has asked political parties to refrain from politicising the issue and allow diplomacy to work.

"India thought wrongly that China would tolerate its actions because the meeting is going to be held soon", said Chu Yin, a researcher at the Center for China and Globalization, a Beijing think-tank.

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