Sikkim stand-off not the longest since 1962: Army

India-China border face-off was pre-planed to coincide with Modi Trump meet

As per the Ministry of External Affairs statement in New Delhi, the Doklam incident took place on June 16 whereas Chinese Foreign Ministry has maintained that the stand-off in which the Indian troops objected to the Peoples Liberation Army soldiers building a road occurred on June 18. The Chinese experts also took exception to reports that India's Defence Ministry is surveying the China-India border in order to build an "all-weather railway corridor" with the broad-gauge network for swift movement of troops and weaponry.

Due to differing territorial perceptions, India and China disagree on large parts of the border, with India frequently reporting Chinese transgressions on to its territory, which China claims as its own.

"He is right in saying that India in 2017 is different from 1962, just like China is also different", said a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang.

The relationship between India and China has strained further with the Chinese ambassador claiming that there can be no compromise but the only solution to the recent spat between the two nations can be achieved if India withdraws the troops from Sikkim's Doka La area. This strategic area would pose serious security threats, the Indian government had said. The official news agency asked New Delhi to respect the Sikkim section of the Indo-China border, as "demarcated by the 1890 Sino-British treaty". Indian troops, for example, assist the undersized Royal Bhutan Army in guarding the vulnerable portions of Bhutan's border with China.

In 1962, both the countries came at war after India encroached on Chinese territory.

India has pushed in more troops in a "non-combative mode" to establish strategic leverage in an area near Sikkim, where the soldiers have been locked in a standoff with Chinese troops for nearly a month now.




"The other measure aimed to demonstrate to the US India's firm determination to constrain Chinas rise", the article written by Liu Zongyi senior fellow of the state-run think tank, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said.

The Global Times write-up said India chalked out its moves ahead of Modi's usa visit to impress Tump and the U.S. administration, the report said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping are expected to meet on Friday at an informal leaders' meeting of BRICS countries during the upcoming G20 Summit in Hamburg, Chinese vice foreign minister Li Baodong said. Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India. India's defense minister, in response, said the India of today was different from the one in 1962.

By arbitrarily halting the pilgrimages, Beijing is reminding New Delhi to review its Tibet policy. India must start to question China's purportedly historical claim to Tibet itself.

While China already commands control on East and South China Seas - despite unsettled disputes in the region - of late it is striking a more and more assertive posture in the IOR. There is an understandable degree of disquiet in India over the fact that the current standoff is the longest between security forces of the two countries after 1962.

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