New Delhi: China has stepped up its diplomatic offensive asking New Delhi to withdraw troops from what it claims is disputed territory and its foreign affairs office saying it is considering a travel advisory for Chinese citizens across India.
The statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on Wednesday said, "To earn the trust of its neighbour, India has to withdraw troops from the territory illegally trespassed."
Their foreign office also claimed that Indian troops are on "Chinese territory in Donglang" which India has proved is contrary to facts.
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doka La area near the Bhutan trijunction for almost a month in what has been the longest such impasse between the two armies since 1962, when the two countries fought a brief war.
Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India.
Sikkim, which became a part of India in May 1976, is the only state which has a demarcated border with China. The lines are based on a treaty signed with the Chinese in 1898.
The standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries was triggered when the Indian Army blocked the construction of a road by China in the Doklam area.
The standoff came to notice when China denied Indian pilgrims entry for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La pass in Sikkim. At first, Beijing said it stopped the Yatra due to damage to roads in Tibet after rains and landslides. Later, China signalled the matter was related to the standoff between the two armies near Sikkim.
India has pushed in more troops in a “non-combative mode” to strengthen its position in the area. This is the longest standoff between the two armies since 1962. The last one, which carried on for 21 days, occurred at Daulat Beg Oldie in the Ladakh division of Jammu and Kashmir in 2013, when Chinese troops entered 30 km into Indian territory till the Depsang Plains and claimed it to be a part of its Xinjiang province.