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China pokes India with ’62 war, asserts learn from ‘history’

June 30, 2017 06:52 AM
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BEIJING: In its sharpest attack since the border standoff with India over the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction, China on Thursday made an oblique reference to the 1962 war, saying the Indian Army should learn from "historical lessons".

"Since the illegal trespass happened, we have lodged solemn representations with the Indian side in both New Delhi and Beijing," Lu said. The photos were put up on the foreign ministry's website after the press briefing. Lu maintained that the diplomatic channel for communication between the two countries remained "unimpeded".



The Chinese military and foreign ministry came down heavily on what they described as India's attempt at "trespassing" on the Chinese border and asked Delhi to "withdraw troops to the Indian side of the boundary".

China's People's Liberation Army spokesman Col Wu Qian attacked Indian Army chief General Bipin Ravat for his recent remark that the "Army is fully prepared for a two-and-a-half-front war (a reference to China, Pakistan and internal security)." "Such rhetoric is extremely irresponsible," Col Wu said when asked about General Rawat's remark. "We hope the particular person in the Indian Army could learn from historical lessons and stop clamouring for war," he added.

The current stand-off centres on the Doklam plateau, Bhutanese territory that's claimed by China. China is trying to build a road from Doklam to Doka La — the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China.

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On Wednesday, China alleged that Indian troops had crossed the boundary and stopped road construction work. Despite the People Liberation Army's strong remarks, the Chinese foreign ministry indicated its willingness to resolve the dispute through dialogue.

"We again urge the Indian side to abide by historical boundary convention, respect Chinese territorial sovereignty, and withdraw the troops to the Indian side of the boundary to avoid escalation," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.

"This is the precondition for the settlement of the incident and also the basis for us to conduct a meaningful dialogue," Lu added at a presser. Lu displayed two photographs allegedly showing the "incursion" by Indian troops in the Doklam area.

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"Since the illegal trespass happened, we have lodged solemn representations with the Indian side in both New Delhi and Beijing," Lu said. The photos were put up on the foreign ministry's website after the press briefing. Lu maintained that the diplomatic channel for communication between the two countries remained "unimpeded".

China regards the road construction in Doklam plateau as "just and lawful", claiming the area to be its territory. It has rejected Bhutan's protest on this issue. To questions by China's official media about General Rawat's remarks that there was no incursion, he said: "We have said clearly here that the reality is that the Indian border troops illegally trespassed into the Chinese territory across the Sikkim section."

 

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