After the 1962 war, confrontations between India and China on Doka La pass have been going on since almost a month.
Following this, India has deployed more troops in order to strengthen its hold near this area near Sikkim. This deployment, however, is precautionary.
Last week, China attempted to construct a road in Donglong, a strategically significant territory belonging to Bhutan. The territory is one of dispute between China and Bhutan. The Indian army blocked the construction by China and also aggressively destroyed two bunkers of the China People’s Liberation Army (CPLA).
Following this, China warned India of learning from the “historical lessons”, indirectly indicating India’s defeat in the 1962 India-China war.
India’s Defense Minister Arun Jaitley had also given a befitting reply saying that the India of 2017 is different from the India of 1962. He also said that China should respect the sovereignty of all the countries and stop thinking of expanding its land by grabbing the land of its neighbors.
India had said that the construction of the road poses “serious security implications” which China had dismissed as “untenable”.
A report by Firstpost reveals that China’s official news agency, Xinhua News, has asked New Delhi not to deviate the consensus on developing bilateral relations. The commentary from the news agency says,
It is well known that the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary has been demarcated by the 1890 Sino-British treaty. After India’s independence, the Indian government has repeatedly confirmed it in writing, acknowledging that the two sides have no objection to the border between the two sides of the Sikkim section.
The commentary by the Chinese news agency said that the Indian troops attempting to stop the construction of the road in Donglong (also known as Doka La) area has “cast a shadow over China-India relations”.
In another commentary regarding the Sikkim-standoff, Xinhua News has asserted that China is engaged in normal military activities in its own territory. It further said,
China always attaches great importance to the development of Sino-Indian relations and is willing to work with India jointly promote the sustained and healthy and stable development of bilateral strategic partnership.
The commentary by the official Chinese news agency also reportedly accused Indian media of being “irresponsible” and creating a hype of threat by China.