No change in Doklam status quo: Indian envoy denies Chinese build-up
NEW DELHI: India's ambassador to China has refuted recent reports that the Chinese military is stepping up infrastructure build-up in the Doklam area, reported news agency PTI.
"No, I can tell you that in Doklam area, which we call close proximity or sometimes the face off site, the area where there was close confrontation or close proximity between Indian and Chinese military troops, there is no change taking place today," said Gautam Bambawale in an interview to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.
It was reported a few days ago that China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) was trying to circumvent Indian troop positions with a road axis in the Doklam area near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction.
While the Indian envoy accepted the possibility that the Chinese may be putting more military barracks to put in more soldiers, he clarified that this would be well behind the sensitive area.
Bambawale also once again emphasised that China should not change the status quo along the Indian border.
"In the sense that if the Chinese military is going to build a road, then they must tell us 'we are going to build a road'. If we do not agree to it then we can reply that, 'look, you're changing the status quo. Please don't do it. This is a very, very sensitive area," the envoy said.
"The India-China boundary is un-demarcated and un-delineated, so we have to talk to each other to delineate and demarcate it, which means to draw the boundary line," Bambawale said, even as he drew attention to the peace and tranquility between the two sides that continued during the Doklam incident.
He cautioned that "if anyone changes the status quo, it will lead to a situation like what happened in Doklam."
"The Chinese military changed the status quo in the Doklam area and therefore India reacted to it. Ours was a reaction to the change in the status quo by the Chinese military."
China is reportedly looking to take over Doklam or the Dolam Plateau to add strategic depth to its Chumbi Valley.
Sources said that PLA troops were "trying to work around or outflank" the Indian Doka La military outpost by constructing a new 1.3-km long road and "communication trenches" around 4-km away from the spot.
This axis is significant as it could allow them access toward the Jampheri Ridge in south Doklam, as the PLA had wanted before last year's stand-off between the two sides.
We must maintain an eye to eye policy with China. They are too crafty to believe.
India and China are both mature Powers they will not incite any uneasiness at the border henceforth!! after doklam episode both countries have learnt their limitations and no one will try to change status quo!!
Wake Up India:
this is the biggest lie. we r kept in dark. china has already taken over in Doklam.
it's all finish. this people have selling our country pieces by pieces.
wake up India #