China warns Indian troops to withdraw
BEIJING — Beijing has intensified its warnings to Indian troops to get out of a contested region in the Himalayas where China, India and Bhutan meet, saying China’s “restraint has its limits” and publicizing live-fire drills in Tibet.
Indian troops entered the area in the Doklam Plateau in June after New Delhi’s ally, Bhutan, complained that a Chinese military construction party was building a road inside Bhutan’s territory. Beijing says Doklam is located in Tibet and that the border dispute between China and Bhutan has nothing to do with India. It has demanded that Indian troops withdraw before any talks.
On Friday, China Central Television broadcast video that it said showed an army unit in an unidentified part of Tibet carrying out live-fire firing exercises in the past few days.
The report, which was also carried in other state media, didn’t mention the dispute with India. But China’s foreign and defense ministries and the state media have issued strongly worded statements on the subject this week.
“China has made it clear that there is no room for negotiation and the only solution is the unconditional and immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from the region,” said a commentary carried Friday by the official Xinhua News Agency.
People linger near a military recruitment billboard Friday in Beijing.