The Doklam standoff has given rise to new stress to India -China relationship over the past few weeks. The situation is showing no signs of slowing down with China on Tuesday issuing an official statement from its Foreign Ministry, warning India of “Chaos” if the former’s military is going to enter the area to stop the construction activities supervised by the Indian Army.
The ministry also termed New Delhi’s argument that, Chinese constructions along the area threatens her sovereignty as “ridiculous and vicious.”
The Indian government has maintained its argument throughout, that the Chinese were the first to provoke the skirmish by destroying temporary tents erected by the Indian Army at Doklam after trespassing Indian territory.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a news briefing, “You may think about it. If we tolerate India’s ridiculous logic, anyone who dislikes the activity at his neighbour’s home can break into its neighbour’s house. Does that mean when China thinks that large-scale construction of infrastructure at the border area of India is posing a threat, it can enter Indian territory? Wouldn’t that be utter chaos?”
She added that to resolve the crisis India should pull back its troops from the area before opening any kind of talks, but it is highly unlikely that the Indian side is going to pay heed to it’s neighbour’s statement.
Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a stand-off since June at Doklam in the Sikkim section of the Bhutan-China border which thus far is the longest standoff since 1987 when they faced a similar situation at Somordong Chu Valley in Arunachal Pradesh.