China Strict Message to India Says There is a limit to Patience


The impasse between the neighbors and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) partners began on June 18, when Indian troops were sent to the strategic Doklam valley, which separates India from Bhutan.

India says its troop movements were a response to Chinese road building in the disputed area, which it viewed as a provocation.

On Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry published a 15-page statement protesting to India. "No country", it warned, "should ever underestimate the resolve of the Chinese government" to defend China's territorial sovereignty and integrity, adding Beijing would take "all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests".

China is taking an increasingly tough line on a border row with India amid a rising crescendo of nationalism in state media, and President Xi Jinping looks set for an awkward encounter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a multilateral summit next month.

Guoqiang said that the Chinese army will firmly protect the territorial sovereignty and security interests of China and that India must "immediately pull back trespassing troops".

Despite the ongoing tension, the Chinese Consulate in Kolkata, in cooperation with the Indian research institute, Asia in Global Affairs, and the Chinese think-tank Research Institute for the Indian Oceans Economics (RIIO), will be holding a seminar regarding exchanges and cooperation between China and eastern India. The stand-off is at the Indo-China-Bhutan trijunction and India has decried China's efforts to address a trilateral manner through bilateral means sidestepping 2012 pact on all trijunctions along the LAC.

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He said India continues to engage with China diplomatically and has been coordinating with Bhutan to find a mutually-acceptable solution to the Doklam standoff. China claims that 48 Indian soldiers, backed by a "large number" of troops, have been deployed at Doklam area which is acting as a hindrance for the country to build a road on its side of the boundary.

Asserting that diplomatic engagement was the only way to resolve the face-off between the Chinese and Indian troops at the tri-junction, Baglay referred to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj's statement in the Lok Sabha on Thursday that war was not an option to settle differences. India claims the area as Bhutanese territory and not Chinese, and has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.

Border face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops occur on an nearly daily basis at different parts along the 4,057-kilometer (about 2,521 miles) Line of Actual Control between the two nations.

"The standoff has not been resolved because China and India see the incident from different perspectives".

"However, if the current political conflict leads to a military one, China and India would face a very tough situation".

India's slowly and steadily tilting foreign policy has been antagonising China.