India conveys concerns over Doklam road construction with China

India on Friday said that has communicated to the Chinese government over its attempts to lay out a road in the disputed Doklam region in Bhutan would result in a considerable change of status quo.

According to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the road if completed would have severe security implications for India.

The MEA has stated that India is deeply bothered by the recent actions from the Chinese along the border.

In a statement released on Friday, MEA said: “Where the boundary in the Sikkim sector is concerned, India and China had reached an understanding also in 2012 reconfirming their mutual agreement on the basis of alignment. Further discussions regarding finalisation of the boundary have been taking place under the Special Representatives framework.”

The Ministry added that it was important for all the concerned parties to show utmost restraint and comply by the respective bilateral understandings, and not go on to unilaterally change the status quo.

It also wanted a consensus to be reached with China by using the Special Representatives process.

India through the MEA has also conveyed that it intends to resolve all issues related to the border by peaceful means through dialogue.

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China map. Photo: courtesy of ammer/Freedigitalphotos.net

The Indian MEA’s statement comes in the wake of some intimidating messages from Beijing which also referred to the 1962 Indo-Sino war where India was defeated by a much stronger Chinese army.

On Friday, India’s Defence Minister Arun Jaitley gave a counter statement, saying that India of 2017 is different from the India of 1962. Almost 55 years after the only war between the two countries, India has gone on to modernize its army and has most importantly become a nuclear power to defend itself against any foreign threat.

In 1962, things were different as the then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was not even good enough to anticipate the Chinese aggression, as a result his government did not spend the focus that was needed in preparing the Indian army. The result was India’s defeat but over the years, it has grown up to the fact that the Chinese can any time repeat a war-like situation with it to sustain its domination in Asia.

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