China says India is ‘misleading the public’ on Sikkim standoff

The Indian and Chinese border troops are in a more than two-week-old standoff at Doklam located at the narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 21:50 IST
Press Trust of India
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In this photograph taken on July 10, 2008, a Chinese soldier (L) and an Indian soldier stand guard at the Chinese side of the Nathu La border crossing between India and China. (AFP File Photo)

China accused India of “misleading the public” on Wednesday by saying that Chinese troops are building a road close to the ‘chicken’s neck’ in the Sikkim sector which could endanger India’s access to the north- eastern states.

“In disregard of the 1890 Sino-Britain convention, the Indian side said that Doklam is located within the tri- junction of the three countries, that is misleading the public,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Gen Shuang told reporters in Beijing.

“The 1890 convention said that the Sikkim section of the boundary commences from East mountain and the incident (of road building) took place about 2,000 meters away from Mount Gipmochi,” Geng asserted.

He claimed that the incident has nothing to do with the tri-junction between China, India and Bhutan.

“The Indian side is actually misleading the public by saying that the incident took place at the tri-junction point,” Geng said defending China’s road building which India and Bhutan have objected to.

India has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 14:47 IST