In­dia re­moves bor­der troops

China to con­tinue ex­er­cis­ing sovereignty in Dok­lam

Global Times US Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Yang Sheng

China con­firmed Mon­day that In­dia has re­moved its tres­pass­ing troops from the Chi­nese ter­ri­tory of Dok­lam, and China will con­tinue to ex­er­cise its sovereignty in the area.

“On the af­ter­noon of Au­gust 28, the In­dian side had pulled back all the tres­pass­ing per­son­nel and equip­ment to the In­dian side of the bound­ary and the Chi­nese per­son­nel on the ground have ver­i­fied this. China will con­tinue ex­er­cis­ing sovereignty and up­hold ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity in ac­cor­dance with his­tor­i­cal con­ven­tions,” Chi­nese for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing said at a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day. Chi­nese bor­der troops will re­main sta­tioned in Dok­lam and keep pa­trolling the area, she said.

One June 18, In­dian troops il­le­gally crossed the bor­der and tres­passed into Chi­nese ter­ri­tory in Dok­lam.

Hua said China has used mul­ti­ple diplo­matic chan­nels to en­gage with In­dia and also took ef­fec­tive mil­i­tary mea­sures to safe­guard its sover-

eignty and le­git­i­mate rights.

Wu Qian, a spokesper­son at the Min­istry of Na­tional De­fense, said the Chi­nese mil­i­tary will be on high alert to de­fend na­tional ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty. Wu said In­dia should draw some lessons from this in­ci­dent and firmly ad­here to the his­tor­i­cal bound­ary and the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law.

“In­dia’s be­hav­ior was ab­so­lutely il­le­gal and ex­cuses, like Bhutan’s re­quest and China’s road con­struc­tion, that it used to le­git­imize its be­hav­ior have proven in­ef­fec­tive as well. That’s why it chose to with­draw at this mo­ment, and it was the only op­tion for In­dia,” Ruan Zongze, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, told the Global Times on Mon­day.

“The Chi­nese govern­ment highly val­ues its friendly re­la­tions with In­dia. We hope In­dia can ful­fill the his­toric agree­ment on the bor­der and safe­guard the sta­bil­ity of the bor­der area with China,” Hua said.

In the past two months, China used a se­ries of ac­tions, in­clud­ing diplo­matic en­gage­ment and mil­i­tary drills, to pres­sure In­dia and even­tu­ally gained the re­sult with In­dia’s with­drawal. “With­out tough sig­nals and diplo­matic ef­forts for peace from China, the stand­off would not have ended like this. We are glad to see In­dia cor­rect its mis­take be­fore the up­com­ing BRICS sum­mit and safe­guard the sta­bil­ity of the re­gion with us,” Hu Zhiy­ong, a re­search fel­low at the Shang­hai Academy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times.

The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army has con­ducted sev­eral mil­i­tary drills and train­ing in plateau ar­eas in Ti­bet af­ter In­dia’s tres­pass, par­tic­i­pated by a heavy ar­mor bri­gade, air force bombers and heavy ar­tillery forces. The na­tional broad­caster China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion re­ported on these drills and re­vealed videos of mil­i­tary ac­tions in the past two months.

From Au­gust 3 to 4, six en­ti­ties in China – the for­eign min­istry, de­fense min­istry, Chi­nese em­bassy in In­dia, the Peo­ple’s Daily, the Xin­hua News Agency and the PLA Daily made tough state­ments to warn In­dia and reaf­firm Chi­nese sovereignty in Dok­lam. The Chi­nese em­bassy in In­dia is­sued two safety ad­vi­sories to Chi­nese na­tion­als in In­dia on July 7 and Au­gust 24.

“Af­ter the end of the stand­off, China can con­vince its peo­ple that based on its pow­er­ful na­tional strength, China is ca­pa­ble of us­ing diplo­matic mea­sures to solve bor­der is­sues and safe­guard its sovereignty,” said Chu Yin, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions.

Peace stressed

“The road con­struc­tion within China’s ter­ri­tory is China’s le­gal right and ex­er­cise of sovereignty. To build or not to build a road is en­tirely up to China and it will not be af­fected by any for­eign coun­try. No one can force us to make any com­pro­mise on our sovereignty,” Ruan stressed.

The up­com­ing ninth BRICS Sum­mit will be held in the coastal city of Xi­a­men, East China’s Fu­jian Prov­ince, from Septem­ber 3-5, which heads of state of the five coun­tries are ex­pected to at­tend.

“We haven’t re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion that he (In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi) will not come [to the sum­mit],” Zhang Yan­sheng, chief re­search fel­low at the China Cen­ter for In­ter­na­tional Eco­nomic Ex­changes, told a press con­fer­ence on Mon­day.

“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is pos­i­tive for re­gional sta­bil­ity. China highly val­ues ties with In­dia but this is based on mu­tual re­spect of sovereignty. We hope In­dia can learn lessons from this stand­off,” Hua said.

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