China-India-Bhutan standoff is 'the worst in 30 years'


Comments by Baglay, who is accompanying Modi on his overseas trip, came after Chinese foreign ministry officials also ruled out the possibility of a Xi-Modi meet.

Sources have said the Indian and Chinese governments have been in touch over the tension, but the announcement by China's Foreign Office today suggests a hardening of its stand.

China's state-run media yesterday quoted Chinese analysts as saying that Beijing would be forced to use a "military way" to end the standoff in the Sikkim sector if India refuses to listen to the "historical lessons" being offered by it.

The flashpoint is the contested border region of Doklam in Bhutan, which is claimed by China as part of its Donglang region. "This is the precondition for the settlement of this incident and also the basis for us to conduct any meaningful dialogue" can only be seen as being detrimental to the Sino-Indian relationship.

"India has been working with Asean towards evolving regional security architecture in the Asia Pacific that hinges on emphasising the peaceful settlement of disputes, finding collaborative solutions to emerging and non-traditional challenges, and support for the centrality of Asean", said Sushma Swaraj, India's External Affairs Minister, on Tuesday, according to the Deccan Herald. At present, China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. It went on to say that India has been bullying Bhutan ever since and the "small kingdom" has had no choice but to submit to "India's bullying".

The China Daily reports that Luo Zhaohui 罗照辉, the ambassador in New Delhi, has "urged India to unconditionally withdraw its border troops".

China also said that India had "trampled upon" the Panchsheel pact by illegally entering into Chinese territory.

The current standoff began on 16 June when a column of Chinese troops accompanied by construction vehicles and road-building equipment began moving south into what Bhutan considers its territory. "But if Beijing adjusts its stance on India-sensitive issues, it could be a powerful card to deal with New Delhi". China cannot be allowed to get out of it, but can only pull back them for safety.

"I don't understand why building of a road by China can bring serious risk to India". It violates the understanding of 2012, which stipulates that there would be no unilateral change in the status quo at the tri-junction of the three countries.

He maintained that given the uncertainty in the global politics it is in the interest of India and China to be more predictable, to which Xi seemed to agree. China denies there was any territorial dispute with Bhutan, but Bhutan has rebutted China's claim and protested China's action and sought India's help. "Nowadays, the situation is entirely different from 1962, so we hope India will not do anything irrational for its own good, otherwise it will pay more than in the past", Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the state funded Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said.