The standoff, on a plateau that lies at the junction between China, India, and Bhutan, is one of the worst border disputes between the nuclear-armed rivals in more than 30 years. Responding to this Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, "As far as questions on deployments are concerned, there are operational matters on our side or the other side and would not like to specifically go into them in this forum".
"The Indian side should give up the illusion of its delaying tactics as no country should underestimate Chinese forces' confidence and capability to safeguard peace and their resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty, security and development interests", Ren Guoqiang, a spokesman for the ministry was quoted as saying.
China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. China, however, contests the claim, citing the 1890 convention inked with Great Britain, which reportedly placed Doklam plateau under the jurisdiction of Tibet. This is the only region where China has a strategic disadvantage along the entire 4,056 km border it shares with India.
China has issued a stark warning that its patience has a limit and demanded that India withdraw troops from the border between the two countries. We're not only negotiating over Doklam [the Sikkim border], but discussing bilateral relations with China as well.
"The statement by the Chinese foreign ministry is clear so I will refrain from speaking on that".
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With India's other neighbours coming under the Dragon's influence, Pakistan becoming a virtual province of China, India needs to ensure that its traditional friend Bhutan does not see in any Indian action a sign of weakness and Delhi's inability to courageously address Bhutan's security concerns.
India on Friday called for worldwide cooperation against all forms of terrorism, following China stalling the move to list Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist by the United Nations.
He was asked to respond to China's claim of India reducing its troops from 400 to 40 in Dokalam.
The stand-off in the Doklam plateau between Indian and Chinese troops has got worldwide commentators anxious about the peace and stability in the region. "India's intrusion into the Chinese territory under the pretext of Bhutan", it continued, "has not only violated China's territorial sovereignty but also challenged Bhutan's sovereignty and independence".
India's slowly and steadily tilting foreign policy has been antagonising China.
"China has always prioritised diplomacy before resorting to military moves", the commentary said, but the ball was now in India's court.