Doklam standoff blown out of proportion, says S Jaishankar


The briefing to MPs took place even as India has been keeping foreign envoys in New Delhi posted about developments on India-China relations. "The illegal trespass by the Indian border personnel has drawn extensive attention from the worldwide community and many foreign diplomatic missions in China said they were shocked by this", said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang.

'China has conveyed to foreign diplomats in Beijing that troops of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have been waiting patiently at the plateau but will not wait for an indefinite period, ' The Indian Express quoted sources as saying.

Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the area.

The Indian soldiers deployed in the disputed area have pitched in tents, in an indication that they are unlikely to retreat unless there was reciprocity from China's PLA personnel in ending the face-off at an altitude of around 10,000 feet in the Sikkim section. Some of the G-20 countries have been briefed by the Chinese government separately.

'This has the diplomatic community in Beijing anxious, and some have conveyed this message to their Indian counterparts in Beijing and Bhutanese counterparts in New Delhi'.

This is contrary to what India has said, the newspaper stated.

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Although China and Bhutan have been negotiating the precise border for decades without serious incident, the tiny Himalayan kingdom turned this time to help from New Delhi, which sent troops across the border from the northeastern state of Sikkim.

"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.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

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.

Meanwhile, a Chinese foreign ministry statement on Tuesday asked India not to use "trespass" into Doklam area as a "policy tool" to achieve its political targets.

The foreign ministry also said it was in "close communication" with foreign missions in Beijing on the standoff with India, but refused to confirm whether it held a special briefing for them on the issue.