Sushma Swaraj 'Lied' In Parliament About Doklam Standoff: Chinese Media

Sushma Swaraj 'Lied' In Parliament About Doklam Standoff: Chinese Media

India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for it. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. "She was lying to the parliament", an editorial in the Global Times said".

India on Thursday rejected China's demand for withdrawal of troops from the Doklam border area, saying the pull out should be from both sides for a dialogue to be held for resolving the month long military stand-off at the tri-junction in Sikkim sector. "Second, India's military strength is far behind that of China", it says.

Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom, sought help from New Delhi, which sent troops across the border from the northeastern state of Sikkim.

Baglay said "India's approach has been to find peaceful resolution of all matters concerning the border with China" but refused to share the details on what kind of diplomatic channels the two countries were using to ease the border tension.

Sushma had told the parliament on Thursday that China had attempted to "unilaterally" change the status quo at the Bhutan trijunction, following which the Indian troops intervened. "There has been no hostility on the ground at Doklam despite the continued standoff", points out Kantha. New Delhi has clearly signalled to China and the world that while it would stand firm on issues of its territorial integrity, it would like to end the current impasse on its borders through talks. "So the continuation of the situation is expected till November", Menon said at an interaction at the Foreign Correspondents Club in New Delhi.

The Pentagon has encouraged India and China to engage in a direct dialogue free of any "coercive aspects".

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday said China was trying to spread its influence but India was doing everything to protect its interests. However, China's aim to become the hegemonic power in Asia faces challenge from India and Japan.

The editorial said: "China has already shown its tolerance and calmness to the largest extent".

Bishop urged a peaceful resolution of the dispute, and warned a further escalation could lead to a unsafe "miscalculation" or "misjudgment", but she also made it abundantly clear that Australia is intent on deepening ties with India as part of a US-led anti-China bloc.

It asserted that India should not count on support of U.S. and Japan "because their support is illusory".

The Global Times urged India to "abandon the fantasy of a long-term standoff at Doklam", warning that otherwise China may opt to "resolve the conflict through non-diplomatic means".

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