Japanese envoy's support to India on Doklam riles China

Posted August 19, 2017

India has offered that both sides withdraw troops to engage in dialogue, but China has refused that option.

On Wednesday, the U.S. had called India and China to resolve the stand-off through dialogue.

According to the Convention, the Doklam area, which is located on the Chinese side of the boundary, is indisputably Chinese territory, the paper added.

Analysts see Japan's stand as a very positive sign. Of late, India has introduced stringent measures to tighten the entry of Chinese businesses into India.

"The most significant challenge to India comes from the rise of China, and there is no doubt in my mind that China will seek to narrow India's strategic space by penetrating India's own neighborhood".

The Xinhua video - watch it here, though as we said yesterday, prepare to cringe - has sparked widespread outrage among overseas observers, the New York Times reports (paywall).

Japan's backing came amid a face off between Indian and Chinese armies in Doklam in India-Bhutan-China trijunction which has entered the third month.

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Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Suneel Lanba and IAF Chief BS Dhanoa today discussed security situation, including the ongoing Doklam face-off with China, in a high level meeting held under the Chiefs of Staff Committee structure. Several Chinese companies have also shown an interest in setting up industrial parks in India.

The conflict started when the Indian military moved in to defend a road that Chinese officials said was theirs and Indian officials said belonged to Bhutan.

After Chinese troopers found their path blocked by ITBP personnel who formed a human chain, they began hurling stones, prompting a swift retaliation by Indian border guards.

In 1962, the two countries engaged in a bloody border war and skirmishes have continued to break out sporadically.

Xinhua is one of China's largest state media organizations.

However, Kumar said, the non-sharing of hydrological data by China "cannot be linked" to the current stand-off as there could be technical reasons.

India's principal imports from China include telecom instruments, electronic components, computer hardware, bulk drugs and drug intermediates, and iron and steel, while its exports to the Communist nation include iron ore, cotton yarn, petroleum products and plastic raw materials.

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