Published On: Fri, Jun 30th, 2017

India cautions China against changing status quo unilaterally

New Delhi: India on Friday said it has told China that the building of a road by Chinese troops in a border region will have “serious security implications for India” and urged Beijing “not to change the status quo unilaterally”.

Beijing has also charged New Delhi with acting at the behest of Bhutan,

“India is deeply concerned at the recent Chinese actions and has conveyed to the Chinese government that such construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India,” an External Affairs Ministry statement said.

This was India’s first public reaction to an ongoing stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops on their border. Beijing has sharply escalated the rhetoric, with the People’s Liberation Army telling New Delhi to remember its 1962 military debacle.

The statement said India had underlined that New Delhi and Beijing had in 2012 reached an agreement that the tri-junction boundary points between India, China and third countries would be finalized in consultation with the concerned countries.

“Any attempt, therefore, to unilaterally determine tri-junction points is in violation of this understanding,” the Indian statement said.

The latest stand-off occurred in Donglong or Doklam, a disputed territory between Bhutan and China. Beijing has accused India of obstructing road building in the area, which it claims as its own.

Beijing has also charged New Delhi with acting at the behest of Bhutan, which also lays claim to Donglong.

The External Affairs Ministry denied that Indian border troops crossed the boundary in the Sikkim sector of the China-India frontier and entered Chinese territory.

It said a PLA construction party entered Doklam area on June 16 and attempted to build a road despite objections from a Royal Bhutan Army patrol. Bhutan lodged a protest with China on June 20.

On Thursday, Bhutan said the construction of the road inside its territory was a violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements with China.

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