July 20, 2017

‘All countries with us’ on Sikkim standoff with China, says Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha

by Neha Monga

On the fourth day of Monsoon Session of Parliament, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, responding to Opposition’s charges on the ongoing border dispute with China in the Doka La region, said that India was capable of defending itself.

The minister said that India has not said anything unreasonable and all the countries understand that the point put forth by India is not wrong and thereby support India.

Ms Swaraj said that China had over the years tried to get closer to the tri-junction end point by doing things like repairing the roads, re-tarring them, however this time they came with bulldozers and construction equipment with the aim of breaching the point where the tri-junction ends.

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“China has unilaterally tried to change the status quo at the tri-junction and that is a threat to our security. We are willing to talk but both sides should take back their armies to original position. We are involved in tri-junction this time and its directly related to us, if China will change that. that is threat to our security. All countries are supporting us on this issue,” Ms Swaraj further added.

The Indian and Chinese soldiers have been engaged in a face off for over a month in the Dokalam region of Sikkim sector when Indian soldiers stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.

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Chinese had claimed that they were constructing a road within their territory and demanded an immediate withdrawal from the Doka la region.

However, India said that the road would a security concern as it gives China access to the so called ‘Chicken’s Neck,’ a narrow piece of land connecting mainland India with its seven north eastern states.

As per the mouthpiece of PLA, the Chinese Army has moved tens of thousands of tonnes of military vehicles and hardware into the remote mountainous Tibet region after the standoff.

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