If China changes border status quo, it’s a security risk for India: Sushma in RS
India and China have been engaged in a military standoff in Doklam since June 16. Beijing accuses Delhi of trespass and preventing its soldiers from building a road.india Updated: Jul 20, 2017 14:39 IST
India wants China to move troops from the Doklam trijunction for the two countries to begin talks on the border standoff, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.
“If China unilaterally changes status quo of tri-junction point between China, India and Bhutan, then it poses a challenge to our security,” the minister told the Rajya Sabha.
Indian and Chinese border guards are locked in a standoff in Doklam region, which borders Sikkim on India’s northeast, since June 16.
China has accused India of trespass and preventing its soldiers from building a road. Bhutan and India maintain the area is a Bhutanese territory.
China brought more construction material to the point where the unilateral status of the border ended, the minister said, adding all countries were with India as they understood New Delhi’s viewpoint.
Swaraj was responding to Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal who asked the government to explain the reasons for the Sikkim standoff.
The Chinese have adopted an aggressive stance on the border row, with the state media even warning of a war.
China wants India to withdraw troops for the two sides to be able to open talks.
China had been unusually aggressive in on the standoff but the two sides were trying to find a solution through diplomatic channels, foreign secretary S Jaishankar had told a parliamentary panel on Tuesday.
First Published: Jul 20, 2017 14:05 IST