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China Cribs Again, Says India Using 'Delaying Tactic'

The statement came hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament that the Doklam military standoff with China can only be resolved through diplomacy and a war would not help.

Pranay Upadhyay | CNN-News18

Updated:August 4, 2017, 11:04 AM IST
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China Cribs Again, Says India Using 'Delaying Tactic'
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speaking in Rajya Sabha ( TV grab)
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s statement on taking the diplomacy route to resolve the Doklam standoff does not seem to have gone down well with China which has now accused New Delhi of using “delaying tactics”.

In a statement issued late on Thursday, China’s Defence Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said India must “immediately withdraw its trespassing troops”.

“India must give up the illusion of its delaying tactic and immediately withdraw its trespassing troops to the Indian side of the boundary,” state-controlled Xinhua news agency quoted Ren as saying.

“Chinese armed forces have shown a high level of restraint with an eye to the general bilateral relations and the regional peace and stability…. However, goodwill has its principles and restraint has its bottom line,” Ren said.

The statement came hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament that the Doklam military standoff with China can only be resolved through diplomacy and a war would not help.

"We will keep patience to resolve the issue," Sushma had said in the Rajya Sabha. "We will keep engaging with China to resolve the dispute."

In response to questions, she said military readiness is always there as the military is meant to fight wars. "But war cannot resolve problems. So wisdom is to resolve diplomatically," the minister said, expressing confidence that the issue can be resolved through bilateral talks.

The Indian and Chinese militaries are locked in a standoff in the Bhutan tri-junction. The face-off was triggered when Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the area.

China claimed that they were constructing the road within their territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau. New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India's access to its northeastern states.

India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.
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