China ‘ag­gres­sive’ in bor­der row, says In­dia diplo­mat

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New Delhi, In­dia - A top In­dian diplo­mat said China is be­ing un­usu­ally ag­gres­sive in a mon­thold bor­der dis­pute with In­dia that shows no sign of eas­ing, me­dia re­ports said on Wed­nes­day.

Bei­jing has made vir­tu­ally daily warn­ings to its neigh­bour over the dead­lock on a re­mote Hi­malayan plateau, where In­dian and Chi­nese troops have been locked in a tense face off.

For­eign Sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar told law­mak­ers in a closed brief­ing on the dis­pute that In­dia wanted a diplo­matic set­tle­ment, the re­ports said.

“Jais­hankar told us that China’s ag­gres­sion and rhetoric on the re­cent stand­off is un­usual,” a mem­ber of the par­lia­men­tary panel at Tues­day’s brief­ing told In­dian me­dia.

“We will con­tinue to en­gage with them through diplo­matic chan­nels,” the For­eign Min­istry num­ber two was quoted as say­ing by Press Trust of In­dia news agency.

The dis­pute con­cerns land near where the bound­aries of China, In­dia and Bhutan meet. China has al­leged that In­dian troops are on its ter­ri­tory.

Bhutan and In­dia say the area - known as the Dok­lam plateau in In­dia and Donglang to China - is Bhutanese.

Bhutan has no diplo­matic re­la­tions with China and is closely al­lied to In­dia, which says its troops ap­proached a Chi­nese army unit that en­tered the zone on June 16 to build a road.

China has said it will hold talks with In­dia only af­ter In­dian troops are with­drawn from the dis­puted ter­ri­tory.

China and In­dia have a num­ber of bor­der dis­putes, although the sec­tion cur­rently in ques­tion is gen­er­ally re­garded as sta­ble.

The two fought a bor­der war in 1962 in Arunachal Pradesh.

In 2014, hun­dreds of In­dian and Chi­nese troops faced off on the de facto bor­der known as the Line of Ac­tual Con­trol that runs along the north­west In­dian re­gion of Ladakh.

On Tues­day, In­dia’s Min­is­ter of State for Home Af­fairs Kiren Ri­jiju told par­lia­ment that 73 new roads with ‘op­er­a­tional sig­nif­i­cance’ were be­ing con­structed by In­dia along the bor­der, with 30 com­pleted so far.

The lat­est dis­pute has trig­gered in­ter­na­tional con­cern, with the vis­it­ing Aus­tralian For­eign Min­is­ter urg­ing the neigh­bours to re­solve the row am­i­ca­bly.

“We don’t want to see any es­ca­la­tion of ten­sions that could lead to mis­cal­cu­la­tion and mis­judge­ment,” Julie Bishop said on Wed­nes­day. The US State Depart­ment has flagged con­cern while call­ing on the two coun­tries to come up with ‘some sort of ar­range­ment’ for peace.

In­dian's For­eign Sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar said China’s ag­gres­sion and rhetoric on the re­cent stand­off is un­usual

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