The MEA said that Beijing’s attempt to build a road in the general Doklam area “would represent a significant change in the status quo”.
Sikkim Standoff: New Delhi claims Beijing’s claim of “transgression”, calls for restraint
The Department of External Affairs on Friday called for the latest clash between the Indian army and the People’s Liberation Army of China in the Doklam region in the Sikkim area.
In a statement, the ministry stressed the importance of respecting the consensus reached between the Indian and Chinese special representatives in this matter.
“India is deeply concerned about recent Chinese actions,” the statement said. “India has conveyed to the Chinese government that such a construction would represent a significant change in status quo with serious security implications for India.”
The statement was in reference to China’s claim since Wednesday, when it had justified the construction of a road in the Sikkim sector.
Beijing said the area was “undoubtedly” located on the border of the border under the Sino-British Treaty of 1890.
The MEA also gave the Indian version of events at the border after Beijing claimed that the troops of the Indian border had crossed the demarcation line in the Sikkim sector on June 26.
“On June 16, a construction party of the People’s Liberation Army entered the Doklam area and attempted to build a road,” the statement said.
“We understand that a patrol of the Royal Bhutan Army has tried to dissuade them from this unilateral activity.”
The ministry also said the Bhutanese government had publicly announced that it had filed a protest with the Chinese government through its embassy in New Delhi on June 20.
The Bhutan Ministry of Foreign Affairs also described the construction of the road as a violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements between Bhutan and China and urged Beijing to return to conditions prevailing before the incident.
The MEA said that Indian staff, in collaboration with the Royal Government of Bhutan, had urged the Chinese construction group to avoid altering the status quo on the agreements.
A diplomatic discussion on the issue is taking place between India and China in New Delhi and Beijing. The sprawl of Sikkim was also the subject of a border personnel meeting at Nathu La on 20 June.
The Indian side stressed that the two governments had reached an agreement in 2012 that the border points of the tri-junction between India, China and third countries will be finalized in consultation with the countries concerned.
The MEA stated that any attempt to unilaterally determine the tri-junction points violated this understanding.
Regarding the border in the Sikkim sector, India and China reached another agreement in 2012, reconfirming their mutual agreement on the “basis of alignment”.
Discussions on the finalization of the border took place within the framework of the Special Representatives.
Acceleration of voltage.
India’s statement follows a report by The Times of India that India and China deployed about 3,000 troops each at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction.
The Indian army, however, had refused to comment on the issue. On Thursday, Indian army chief Bipin Rawat visited Sikkim to examine the security situation, which the military spokesman called routine.