Sikkim stand-off: Indian Army pitch tents for long haul in Doklam

India should not expect China to compromise: China Daily

The move is expected to signal the Indian intent of reciprocity only if the Chinese troops pull back from the disputed area.

China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the dispute in the area. "Otherwise, under India's logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country's army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir". The month-long confrontation - being seen as the longest since 1962 - near Sikkim began following China's efforts to build a road in the strategically important Dokalam area in Bhutan referred to as Donglong by the Chinese. However; this is the first time that Pakistan and Kashmir have been mentioned in their article.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday expressed confidence in India's handling of the situation in Doklam plateau with China saying it has handled such border issues in the past. "The India-China relationship by now has acquired so many dimensions and so much substance that reducing it to black and white argumentation can not be a serious proposition", Jaishankar said.

"Moreover, it shows Chinese hypocrisy when they are already entered on Pakistan's behalf in the Pakistan side of Kashmir and pushing projects as part of Belt & Road Initiative despite India's opposition".

The tiny Himalayan country turned to India, its long-time ally, for help.

On July 5, the state-run tabloid Global Times published an editorial that called on China to prevent India from "oppressing" Bhutan and Sikkim.

"The timing of the flag-hoisting on Indian territory has sparked wide speculation over whether the Indian authorities instigated the political activity of Tibetan separatists to exert pressure on China".

"Let us be clear what is not happening: the United States is not withdrawing from the world", Jaishankar said.

News18earlier reported that the Chinese Embassy's website that had said that the two "exchanged views" on the "current bilateral relations" between the two nations. However, when it is dissatisfied or has conflicts with Beijing, the Tibet card is played up.

China Daily is a member of The Straits Times media partner Asia News Network, an alliance of 22 news media entitites. The Tibet card is gradually losing its value.

Adding to the strains, Beijing seems ever more determined to declare who the next Tibetan spiritual leader will be to succeed the Dalai Lama - who turned 82 Friday. In April, the Tibetan Buddhist leader visited the far northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, territory that China claims.

But the current Chinese build-up "is to diminish India in the eyes of the region", Ramachandran says. "Both border issues and the Tibet question concern China's core interests and China won't yield to provocations", it said.

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