China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi has claimed that the India side admitted to entering Chinese territory, the first time a top leader of the country has weighed in on the protracted stand-off in the Sikkim area.
He claimed that senior Indian officials had openly stated that Chinese troops did not enter Indian territory. However, he didn’t say which officials had said that or where. He went on to say: “In other words, the Indian side admitted to entering Chinese territory.”
It is the first time that such a senior person in the Chinese hierarchy has commented on the dispute. Our Indian side didn’t provide any immediate reaction on this.
Meanwhile, official sources said on Tuesday that India was well-defended in the tri-junction and China’s latest rhetoric was part of a build-up ahead of the meeting of the NSA in Beijing. China on Monday warned India to not to harbour any unrealistic illusions.
About Indo-China standoff at Doklam Plateau:
For detailed explanation, read this: Standoff b/w India and China: Explained
Indo-China standoff at Doklam plateau is an outcome of India obstructing Beijing’s effort to extend a border road through the Doklam Plateau.
China claims Doklam plateau, which is currently disputed b/w Beijing and Thimpu (Bhutan), 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.
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