China said on Monday that it will safeguard its security interests at “any cost” as its sovereignty was “indomitable”, amid a standoff in the Sikkim sector.
Chinese made this assertion ahead of this week’s National Security Advisor level talks to resolve the issue. NSA Ajit Doval is set to travel to Beijing this week to attend the BRICS NSAs’ meeting scheduled to be held from July 27-28 during which he is expected to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart.
China, maintaining its hard-line stance, said India shouldn’t leave things to luck and not harbour any unrealistic illusions.
About Indo-China stand-off 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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