China may initiate 'limited war' with India

China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border

Sushma Swaraj, external affairs minister spoke in Parliament yesterday to support the stance of the government on the issue stating that the ongoing tussle can be resolved by talks. She further declared that India was negotiating with China not only on the Doklam row but on the entire bilateral issues between India and China.

With its economy now growing faster than China's, and with a strong military and deep wariness about China's ambitions in Asia, India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is determined to face China down.

China alleged that India's intrusion into its territory under the pretext of defending Bhutan's territorial claims, has not only violated Beijing's territorial sovereignty, but also challenged Bhutan's sovereignty and independence.

If the dispute drags on into September, it would hang awkwardly over a meeting of the BRICS major emerging economies, including China and India, to be held in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen.

The document has clarified China's bottom lines as well as the current situation.

On Thursday, Chinese officials urged Indian troops to withdraw immediately, warning of "serious consequences" if they did not.

China will take all necessary measures to protect its legitimate and lawful rights and interests. It has also come to notice that Chinese diplomats accredited in India have been visiting Bhutan capital Thimpu frequently over the past few months. This, the statement said, was down from a high of 400 Indian troops. According to Beijing, the two sides had agreed to the boundary alignment in the Sikkim sector under the 1890 treaty.

He added that China has shown utmost goodwill and sought to communicate with India through diplomatic channels since the incident happened nearly two months ago.

What started as a cross-border dispute over China's construction of a road project in an area, also contested by Bhutan, has now snowballed into a tense stand-off. This is a subtle hint to Beijing that it stands to lose the most in a trade war, as it runs a $51 billion surplus with India now. "Since people of both countries are tremendously patriotic, even economic cooperation between the two countries would be heavily affected", Zhao noted.

When in June Bhutan discovered that at the Doklam Plateau, Chinese workers been extending an unpaved road which is part of the disputed territory.

Foreign Policy was studiously silent, however, on the role U.S. imperialism's drive to harness India to its reckless military-strategic offensive again China has played in dangerously destabilizing Sino-Indian relations and the entire Indo-Pacific region.

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