Sikkim standoff can be resolved diplomatically

Sikkim standoff can be resolved diplomatically

Sikkim standoff can be resolved diplomatically

The rhetoric from Beijing grew even shriller Wednesday on India's standoff with China on the trijunction of the borders of Bhutan, Sikkim and China.

Bhamre's comments came on a day China accused India of "trampling" on the principles of the Panchsheel pact and demanded that India "correct its mistakes" by pulling back its troops immediately.

An intensifying border row between India and China centres around a road-building project by China in the Himalayas, with both states charging the other with territorial intrusions.

China insisted July 5 India withdraw its troops from a disputed plateau in the Himalayan mountains before talks can take place to settle the most protracted standoff in recent years between the nuclear-armed neighbors who fought a brief but bloody frontier war in the area 55 years ago.

The latest dispute flared up in June after Chinese teams began building a road on territory also claimed by Bhutan.

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"The Chinese government attaches great importance to safety and lawful rights and interests of overseas Chinese citizens in accordance with the security condition of the relevant countries", Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters here.

China said today that it was weighing its options on issuing a travel alert for citizens visiting India depending on the security situation following the border standoff in the Sikkim section.

China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said India has "trampled" on a peaceful coexistence treaty amid a military standoff related to a border dispute in the Indian state of Sikkim.

India has said Beijing's action to "unilaterally determine tri-junction points" is in violation of a 2012 India-China agreement.

Calling for "immediate pullback of troops to the Indian side", Gent said it was a "precondition for settlement of the incident and that is also the precondition to avoid any worsening of the situation". China had already lodged a protest with India, Mr Geng said.

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Former Indian ambassador to Beijing C.V. Ranganathan said that Doklam is a strategically important area that can provide access to the vital Siliguri corridor - also known as the "Chicken Neck" - that connects India's northeast with the rest of the country.

While pilgrims have been turned away at Nathu La, the other pilgrimage route to Kailash Mansarovar is still operational, officials said.

The spokesperson pointed out that the relevant actions of the Indian side has violated the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and trampled on global law and the norms governing worldwide relations. "We believe the Chinese People's Liberation Army is powerful enough to expel Indian troops out of Chinese territory". "The Indian military can choose to return to its territory with dignity or be kicked out of the area by Chinese soldiers".

While China's nationalistic tabloid Global Times said India should be taught a "bitter lesson", another official newspaper, China Daily, said India should look in the mirror.

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