Offering solution to the ongoing standoff with China, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha that both Indian and Chinese soldiers should withdraw from the Doklam region in the tri-junction with Bhutan.
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The Minister said Panchsheel, the Nehruvian principle of peaceful mutual co-existence, is on track but any unilateral altering of the border by China will amount to a “direct threat” to India’s security concerns. The comment on Panchsheel is significant as the English media from Beijing in recent weeks had described the Indian action in Doklam, as against Panchsheel’s emphasis on ‘peaceful co-existence.”
The Minister also highlighted India’s position on the issue saying that if there is to be any sit-down talks, both the sides’ army should withdraw from the region.
She also indicated that dialogue with other countries had been held on this issue and India received support for its position
About DOKLAM stand-off:
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- The Doklam confrontation is focused on a small patch of remote pastureland in Bhutan. Its location, however, is perceived to be of great strategic importance for both India and China. The plateau holds strategic importance for both India and China. It became a bone of contention b/w India and China after 1962 border war, prior to which no one showed interest in the plateau.
- China claims Doklam plateau, which is currently disputed b/w Beijing and Thimpu, to gain a strategic edge over India. The road China claims to be building in its “own territory” in Doklam Plateau would give it a strategic advantage against India in a possible military conflict in future. Doklam is critical as it brings China even closer to the Indian border in a vulnerable location towards the direction of the 27-km-long Siliguri Corridor or “chicken’s neck” that links the northeastern state to the rest of India.
- For India, Doklam Plateau holds immense importance as Chinese control over Doklam plateau will undo the terrain and tactical advantage that India has in the region. Chinese foray into the Doklam plateau will also impact India economically as the Chumbi Valley, which is close to the plateau, has served as a trade route from Sikkim’s capital Gangtok through Yadong and Gyantse on to Dalai Lama’s court at Lhasa.
References: The Hindu Newspaper