Tension at trijunction: India-China standoff over Bhutan clash
- There is Face-offs between Chinese and Indian troops over road construction on the borders of a 269-sq km plateau in Bhutan claimed by China.
- The incident took place in the Doko-La (or Donglong) tri-junction area.
“According to Lu, Indian troops crossed the boundary on the Sikkim side into Chinese territory. This is different to what was before in India-China boundary. Bhutan is an internationally recognised country and its sovereignty is to be respected. Even if the boundary is delimited, no third party should interfere and make irresponsible comments,” he said.”
Reason for this face off
- China had bulldozed an old bunker of the Indian army at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan in Sikkim.
- The Indian army had refused to remove the structure after being asked to do so by China.
- China, on its part, has alleged that Indian soldiers crossed the boundary into China to interfere with the construction of a road.
Issue on the construction of the border road
- China described the construction of the border road as “legitimate”
- China is saying that the road was being built on Chinese territory that does not belong to India or Bhutan and no other country had the right to interfere
China’s view on the clash
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Indian troops had crossed “the China-India boundary at the Sikkim section and entered the Chinese territory, obstructing Chinese border troops’ normal activities in Doklam”.
Bhutan issues demarche to China
- Bhutan issued a demarche to China through its diplomatic mission here. Recently, the Chinese army (People’s Liberation Army) started construction of a road towards Bhutanese Army camp at Zomphlri in Doklam area which is in violation of an agreement between the two countries.
- The Bhutanese envoy also asserted that under the agreement, both Bhutan and China should refrain from unilaterally changing the status quo.
- Bhutan has asked China to stop the road construction.
- Meanwhile, China today virtually accused India of having a “hidden agenda” in the current military stand-off with it in the Sikkim sector where Beijing has a territorial dispute with Bhutan.