India triggered Sikkim standoff, is making negotiation hard: Chinese media
Jul 19 2017
The two countries have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area along the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a construction party of the Chinese Army attempted to build a road in the region.
"Chinese mainstream media outlets on Tuesday denounced Pakistani media's "groundless" report, which claims that over 150 Indian soldiers were killed in Sikkim due to a Chinese rocket attack", the People's Daily online said.
This development came after China reportedly indulged in live ammunition drill with a fully equipped brigade in the area today close to Tibet border.
On the other hand, India has maintained that both the governments had reached agreement in 2012 that the trijunction boundary points between India, China and a third country will be finalised in consultation with the country concerned. The river is located in the upper stream of the Brahmaputra, which flows through China, India and Bangladesh.
If India stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the outcome of an all-out confrontation with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Chinese state media reported today (Tuesday). It also said that China should take measures to protect the entire 3,500-kilometre border with India. Though there were no skirmishes ever, the two armies had to arrange a series of flag meeting to discuss the issues along the J&K's Line of Actual Control (LoAC) with China.
The report said the brigade has new types of weapons after a structural reform this year, improving its combat capability so that it is stronger than before.
Xiao Ning, editor-in-chief of Weapon magazine, said the new light tank features strong firepower, advanced armor and good mobility, so it is suitable for deployment on plateaus. Bhutan says the land, which it calls Doklam, belongs to its kingdom and not to China, a claim India agrees with.
Chinese media stated the standoff as a competition of military strength, as well as a competition of overall economic strength and called "India's action this time is a blatant infringement on China's sovereignty". China had accused Indian forces of preventing their soldiers from building a road in the Doklam region, which is also claimed by Bhutan.