India counters Chinese allegations of border violation, warns against construction in Doklam area

India counters Chinese allegations of border violation, warns against construction in Doklam area


India counters Chinese allegations of border violation, warns against construction in Doklam area


New Delhi:  Breaking its silence on the latest round of border stand-off with China, India today strongly countered Beijing’s claims that India troops had crossed into its territory and warned China against its constructions in the disputed Doklam area near Sikkim. 'India is deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese Government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India,' the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement here. New Delhi at the same time reiterated its commitment to working with China to find peaceful resolution of all issues in the border areas through dialogue. China had for the past few days been accusing Indian troops of halting its road project in the region, and upping the ante, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) yesterday also warned Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to 'stop clamouring for war' and termed 'extremely irresponsible' his recent statement that India was ready for a 'two-and-a-half front war'. Countering the Chinese accusations of Indian troops violating the border in the Sikkim sector, the MEA said that on June 16, a PLA construction party entered the Doklam area and attempted to construct a road. 'It is our understanding that a Royal Bhutan Army patrol attempted to dissuade them from this unilateral activity. The Ambassador of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGOB) has publicly stated that it lodged a protest with the Chinese Government through their Embassy in New Delhi on June 20,' the MEA statement said. It also pointed out that the Foreign Ministry of Bhutan had issued a statement underlining that the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory was a direct violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements between Bhutan and China and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between these two countries. They have urged a return to the status quo as before 16 June 2017. 'In keeping with their tradition of maintaining close consultation on matters of mutual interest, RGOB and the Government of India have been in continuous contact through the unfolding of these developments,' the statement said. 'In coordination with the RGOB, Indian personnel, who were present at general area Doka La, approached the Chinese construction party and urged them to desist from changing the status quo. These efforts continue,' the MEA said.

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