NEWDELHI: China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction for past 19 days after a Chinese army’s construction party came to build a road.
The tension between India and China on a military standoff in the Sikkim sector reached a new high on Tuesday with China ruling out a compromise and putting the obligation on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation.
In unusually blunt remarks, China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui told PTI in an interview that “the ball is in India’s court” and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff.
The ambassador said: “There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your government policy (whether to exercise military option).”
Luo assured that China is very clear that it wants peaceful resolution at current state of the situation for which withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a “precondition”. “The first priority is that the Indian troops unconditionally pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. That is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India,” he said.
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