Chinese media accuses Sushma Swaraj of lying about border standoff

Sikkim standoff: Pak game plan in focus as envoy meets Chinese ambassador to India

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

Even as the Chinese state media turned shriller on India and accused foreign minister Sushma Swaraj of lying to Parliament on the Doklam impasse, India and China are working together at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to get developed countries such as the USA and the European Union members to reduce subsidies for farm products that are detrimental to exports from developing and poor countries. The PLA is also reportedly conducting drills for mountain operations.

After Swaraj's statement in parliament, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said on Thursday that diplomatic channels remain "unimpeded", but added that "the withdrawal of Indian border troops who illegally crossed into China's territory is the prerequisite and basis for any meaningful dialogue between the two sides".

However, PTI reports that the Pentagon has encouraged India and China to engage in a direct dialogue free of any "coercive aspects". Pakistan uses China as its primary instrument to "contain" India.

The Doklam Plateau border dispute both expresses, and represents a new stage in, the deterioration of relations between Beijing and New Delhi. At the same time, it was the the People's Daily, a mouthpiece of the Chinese communist party, which raised the bar in terms of reference to the Sino-Indian war by re-publishing an editorial printed just before the onset of 1962 war.

China's hopes of getting western support for its stance against India dimmed as Chinese negotiators suffer a serious setback during annual US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue in Washington on Wednesday.

"China can not afford to "lose an inch" of territory".

India must not concede any ground to China in the standoff in the Doklam area along the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China, experts say, as it is China's second nature to acquire the territories of its neighbouring states. BRICS comprises member countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. China's sincerity also became evident in the latest stand off, as Beijing did not respond in the same coin to provocations by India. "There has been no hostility on the ground at Doklam despite the continued standoff", points out Kantha.

No country supports India's "aggression" vis-a-vis China in the Dokalam region at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, a Chinese state-run news website said in a commentary on Friday, warning that if the standoff were to be resolved by military means, India would lose to superior Chinese military might.

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