Status not altered at Doklam sector: MEA spokesman

Marsha Scott
January 19, 2018

Earlier, the External Affairs Ministry had quashed media reports claiming Chinese activity in the region.

"As far as Doklam is concerned, PLA (China's People's Liberation Army) soldiers are there in a part of the area although not in numbers that we saw them in initially. And it seems China is planning a Doklam 2.0 like retreat near the Indian border".

He had also said that the bonhomie between the two sides had returned to the levels seen before last summer's 72-day troops standoff on the plateau, located at the tri-junction with China and Bhutan.

He asked the BJP government to apprise the countrymen on reports and latest satellite imagery suggesting that Chinese army has not only built full-fledged military complex in Doklam, but has already occupied the entire Doklam plateau right up to 10 metres from the Indian Army post.

Speaking at the Raisina Dialogue in the national capital Army Chief Bipin Rawat said on Tuesday that the bonhomie between India and China has returned to what was prior to Doklam.

Indian and Chinese troops had been locked in a stand-off for over two months a year ago in the Doklam area near Sikkim before "disengaging" on August 28.

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However, local media outlets reported in October that China had continued to maintain a large military presence near the disputed region, with Indian newspapers reporting that the PLA was building permanent military barracks and maintaining a force of a thousand soldiers a few miles away from the disputed line.

Congress leaders had today targeted the government following some reports that the Chinese army was engaged in more build- up around the region.

Surjewala said the Congress party would always press for disengagement of conflict in Doklam between India-China-Bhutan through "diplomatic means" in a manner that protects India's strategic interests in toto and avoid unwarranted provocation of conflict.

"But, now the number of face-offs with the Chinese on the LAC has shot up by 48 per cent previous year".

"I want to point out that the remarks of the Army chief mentioned by you once again showed that the illegal trespass of the Indian border troops is quite clear cut in nature".

"Under such background, the unconstructive remarks by the Indian senior official (Rawat) not only go against the consensus reached by the two heads of state but also do not conform to the efforts made by the two sides to improve and develop bilateral relations", Lu said. "The Sikkim section of the the boundary has been delimited by the historical convention", he said.

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