Parliament Session: War Can't Resolve Problems, Says Sushma Swaraj On Doklam Standoff

  • Parliament Session: War Can't Resolve Problems, Says Sushma Swaraj On Doklam Standoff

Parliament Session: War Can't Resolve Problems, Says Sushma Swaraj On Doklam Standoff

"India's position on this issue and related facts have been articulated in our press statement of June 30, 2017", the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said.

He said, "This not only severely violated China's territorial sovereignty but also posed grave challenges to regional peace and stability and normal worldwide order, which would not be tolerated by any sovereign state". It deserves mention here that China had on Wednesday said it has conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take "concrete actions" by immediately pulling back troops from Doklam in the Sikkim section with "no strings attached" to resolve the current standoff.

China has accused India of trespassing into its territory and demanded withdrawal of troops leading to a heated exchange.

Indian military expert Nitin Gokhale was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying that India was prepared for a long haul.

Five months later, on February 12, 1960, the Indian embassy in Beijing wrote to the Chinese foreign ministry stating that the Sikkim-Tibet border "has always been formally delimited" and that the boundary "has also been demarcated on the ground".

In coordination with the Bhutan government, 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.

Interestingly "end of July" coincides with the visit of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to Beijing.

China also claimed that it had informed India that it would be constructing a road in that area.

Interestingly, in its 15-page factsheet released on Wednesday, China said it values the growth of good neighbourly and friendly relations with India and is committed to maintaining peace and tranquility in the border area between the two countries. China has all along respected Bhutan's sovereignty and independence.

The minister said that she believes the Burhan Wani encounter became a turning point in the diplomatic relationship between India and Pakistan, when the then Pakistani Prime Minister called Hizbul Mujahideen commander a "martyr".

The commentary said China had showed a "maximum level of goodwill" to India since June when the conflict broke out, and had communicated with India through diplomatic channels. "This is a prerequisite and basis for resolving the incident", the statement added.

Most previous standoffs, such as one in 2014 just ahead of a rare trip to India for Xi, were resolved with both sides withdrawing their forces. India was represented by a high-ranking army official, while Bhutan's ambassador to India Vetsop Namgyel was also present along with the likes of Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit.

Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj today responded sharply to the Opposition's charge of spoiling relations with its neighbours and seeking the government's roadmap for dealing with China amid the ongoing standoff. "In the South China Sea, they have got their way with the Philippines and India alone seems to be the power that is now falling in line", Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Senior Fellow, at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation, told Sputnik.