India has cut troops from 400 to 40 at Doklam, says China

Trevor Jackson
August 3, 2017

The ministry told PTI Yang Jiechi expressed China's "stern positions and explicit requirements on the trespass of Indian border troops into China's territory at the Sikkim section of China-India boundary".

China's Position Concerning Indian Border Troops Crossing of the China-India Boundary in the Sikkim Sector was published Wednesday to allow the worldwide community to become better acquainted with the facts of the issue, and to fully explain China's stance on the matter, according to a press statement by the Foreign Ministry's Geng Shuang.

India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.

Read the full statement here. China also said that India has no right to interfere on the boundary talks as Chinese are working out on a solution with Bhutan. It lies at the junction between China, the Indian state of Sikkim and Bhutan. It has nothing to do with India.

The ministry argued saying, "To cross a delimited boundary and enter the territory of a neighboring country on the grounds of so-called "security concerns", for whatever activities, runs counter to the basic principles of global law and basic norms governing worldwide relations". China has demanded that India withdraw its troops for dialogue to begin, while New Delhi says that both sides should simultaneously withdraw troops. "This is a prerequisite and basis for resolving the incident", the statement added.

China also said that it has conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take "concrete actions" by immediately pulling back troops from Dokalam with "no strings attached" to resolve the current standoff.

Although the boundary is yet to be formally delimited, Beijing said both sides have conducted joint surveys in their border area and have arrived at a basic consensus on the actual state of the border area and the alignment of their respective boundaries.

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Taking back on the history books, Chinese foreign minister statement also highlighted statements made by Indian representatives including former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru at several occasions about India-China boundary in Sikkim and a convention between Britain and China.

"If you don't want war, go away from Chinese territory", Senior Colonel of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense Zhou Bo said during a China Global Television Network (CGTN) debate show on Tuesday.

Chinese activity has been reported across the border in Himachal Pradesh districts near the area where China is constructing roads.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the paper was meant to "further explain to the worldwide community the truth about Indian army's intrusion, and fully state the position of the Chinese government".

Commenting on the military stand-off at Doklam plateau, India said its stance remains the same as articulated in the press release issued on June 30, almost a fortnight after the controversy erupted near Sikkim border.

It reiterated China's stand that its government "will take all necessary measures" to safeguard its rights and interests.

New Delhi has, however, maintained that Beijing had agreed in 2012 to finalise the border issue consultatively and that unilaterally determining tri-junction points by China was "in violation of this understanding".

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