No talks on Sikkim until India Army withdraws, says China

No talks on Sikkim until India Army withdraws, says China

"In other words, the Indian side admitted to entering the Chinese territory".

Referring to China's rapid military modernisation, he said a large portion of Chinese Defence spending remains undisclosed.

Mr Wang told reporters during an official trip to Thailand on Monday that the straightforward way to solve the month-long border row was for India to "conscientiously" pull back its troops. "Despite having the Himalayas between us, China is bound to be a threat for us in the years ahead", he said while addressing a joint seminar of the Army's Master General Ordnance and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

China imported products worth over USA $70.16 billion from BRICS countries in the first half of 2017, up 33.6 percent year on year, MOC data showed.

India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is in Beijing later this week for a security officials meeting between the Brics countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.He will meet Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and there are hopes the two men will discuss the border stand-off.

The minister's remarks, his first on the stalemate, were accompanied by media reports in China describing Doval as "the main schemer" of the Doklam standoff.

"The blatant move, which tramples on worldwide law, shows that India has stood ready to maximize its interests on the border issue at the cost of its relations with China and it would store up troubles for the development of China-India relations and the work of border controls in the future", Xinhua said. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met briefly on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany earlier this month, but neither Beijing nor New Delhi confirmed if the border issue was raised.

In another commentary, China's official news agency Xinhua said India had "displayed a quite obvious tendency toward opportunism and adventurism".

The stand-off between India and China at Doklam has entered into its second month and is the latest addition to a list of contentious issues between the two sides, which fought a war in 1962.

The visit is a much watched one considering India and China are at a standoff in Doklam.

In a related development, China has taken objection to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's comments that this is a "long-term dispute" and territorial disputes should be resolved peacefully.

India calls Doklam Bhutanese and perceives any Chinese presence in the area as a threat to its security. If Indian troops don't pull back, New Delhi "will have to pay a heavy price".

The standoff has happened in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan after the Chinese army tried to build a road in the disputed area.



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