New Delhi: India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Tuesday told a group of MPs, including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi that China has adopted an aggressive posture on the stand-off with Indian troops at the Sikkim-China-Bhutan tri-junction at Doklam.
Jaishankar said that India is using the diplomatice channels to defuse tensions. The MPs were told by the Foreign Secretary that India has maintained its position as spelt out in the Anglo-Chinese agreement of 1895 whereas China was misrepresenting the actual position.
In Washington, on the latest briefing by China to a lot of diplomats, including the U.S. diplomat, about the ongoing border stand-off with India, the US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said yesterday that the United States is concerned about the ongoing situation there. The US administration belieeves that both sides would work together for some sort of arrangement for peace, she pointed out.
After a month-long stand-off, which still continues between Indian and Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control China’s State run newspaper Global Times in an editorial comment on Tuesday (18 July) said: China can take further countermeasures along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). If India stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the consequence of an all-out confrontation with China along the entire LAC.
“If India plans to devote more resources in the border area, then so be it. China can engage in a competition with India over economic and military resources deployment in the border area. With growing national strength, China is capable of deploying resources in remote border areas. It is conducive to the economic growth of these regions, as well as to safeguarding integration of China’s territory. Road and rail in the Tibetan area have been extended close to the border area with India, Nepal and Bhutan. It’s a competition of military strength, as well as a competition of overall economic strength”, the Chinese newspaper said.