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Taking a strong tone to the alarming standoff with China at the Doklam tri-junction, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) issued a warning saying that Beijing thinks it has “great powers” and is making an enemy out of the whole world.

Speaking to media, BJP leader RK Singh said, “This they are doing not only with India but the rest of the world. It suddenly started feeling that it has great powers and therefore it can do whatever it feels like and expand as it pleases”.

Doklam is a tri-junction that means that “China is wrong and as this is a tri-junction that means our boundaries are also involved,” he added.

Nullifying China demand of asking India to withdraw troops from the region, Singh said that it was against our national interest to do so from Dokhlam.

The development comes a day after, Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj on Thursday asserted that the international community is taking note of the situation and feels that China is aggressive towards a small country like Bhutan and the foreign countries are with India on the matter.

“Foreign countries are with us. They feel that China is being aggressive with a small country like Bhutan. Bhutan has protested, including in writing. All the countries feel India’s stand is right and the law is with us,” said Swaraj said in the Parliament.

India on Thursday accused China of unilaterally trying to change the status quo on the border with Bhutan and said this is what has sparked off the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armies.

Earlier this week, India rubbished the reports in Beijing media stating that the Chinese Army had killed at least 158 Indian soldiers and fired rockets across the Sikkim border.

The reports surfaced after China on Sunday carried extensive army drills using rocket launchers, machine guns, and mortars along the Tibet border.

Speaking to the media, Ministry of External Affairs Minister official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that any such reports being carried were “baseless, malicious and mischievous” in nature.

“Such reports are utterly baseless, malicious and mischievous. No cognisance should be taken of them by responsible media,” he said.

Reportedly, Dunya news carried a two-minute video footage, already aired by China Central Television (CCTV) showing Chinese Army wounding Indian soldiers in attacks across the Sikkim border.

The faceoff between India and China heightened after the reports of Chinese army involved in the construction of roads along the controversial Doklam border surfaced in June this year.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang earlier this month alleged Indian troops trespassing in Doklam as the “frictions in the undefined sections of the boundary” between India and China.

Gang said, “China has pointed out many times that the illegal trespass of Indian border troops of the mutually recognised border line is different in nature from the frictions in the undefined sections of the boundary.

Citing 1890 convention, China said, “According to the 1890 convention, the Sikkim section has been recognised by both China and India and this convention is effective for both countries.

China has created a blockade for Kailash and Manasarovar Yatra pilgrims from India who take Nathu La pass through Sikkim. The disputed land — Doklam — has long been claimed by Chinese as their territory and is allegedly planning to build a road there. Both Bhutan and India have objected to China over the attempt to build a road in Doklam citing security concerns.

Bhutan recognises Doklam as its area while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Doka La is the Indian name for the region.

First Published | 21 July 2017 9:28 AM
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