The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will not go in for a knee-jerk reaction while dealing with several pending security clearances for Chinese manufacturers amid the standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops on the Sikkim border. As the full significance of the Chinese move becomes apparent, it is clear that the road project and movement of troops was more than the "usual" intrusions by which China tests India's defences and responses.
New Delhi has expressed its serious apprehensions over Beijing constructing a road in the Sikkim sector of the LAC.
For India, this area is significant as it is the only territory where India has a tactical advantage.
For nearly three weeks now, India and China have been embroiled in a standoff in Dokalam, a plateau that lies at the tri-junction between China, Bhutan and Sikkim.
While Chinese and Indian diplomats have claimed that talks to reach an agreement on their disputed border have progressed smoothly, the reality is that, unlike the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan, which is clearly demarcated, the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China is neither finalised nor demarcated.
Beijing claims the Indian troops are occupying its soil, but both Bhutan and India maintain the area in question is Bhutanese territory. It was under the effective jurisdiction of China without any dispute.
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The editorial strongly reiterated that "New Delhi's regional hegemony is swelling to a tipping point" and that India "has to pay for its provocations".
The monthlong standoff and unconfirmed reports of troop buildups on both sides of the border have also underscored the swiftly deteriorating relations between the two Asian rivals headed by assertive leaders with a nationalist bent.
"We firmly believe that the face-off in the Donglong area will end up with the Indian troops in retreat. The current level of cooperation and friendship between China and India are hard earned and deserve to be cherished by the two sides", said Ambassador Luo. "The Indian military can choose to return to its territory with dignity, or be kicked out of the area by Chinese soldiers." reads a quote from the editorial published in Global Times.
"In disregard of the 1890 Sino-Britain convention, the Indian side said that Doklam is located within the tri-junction of the three countries, that is misleading the public", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen Shuang told reporters here.
China had recognised India's sovereignty over Sikkim in 2003, which the editorial urged to be reconsidered. He asserted that China had every right to build roads in its own territory. However, the Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui on Tuesday ruled out a compromise in the military standoff with India while putting the onus on New Delhi to resolve the grave situation. Jaitley is right that the India of 2017 is different from that of 1962 - India will suffer greater losses than in 1962 if it incites military conflicts...