Status Quo Continues at Face-off Site in Doklam: MEA

China angered after Indian general's says attention should be focused on northern border

India's military not as strong as officers claim: Hu Zhiyong

"China fully occupied North Doklam & it is massive, Pak PM says no case against Hafiz saeed!"

India has withdrawn its military from Doklam since it does not actually have a claim on the region - their troops entered Doklam to support their Bhutanese allies and to oppose the sudden appearance of the Chinese. "But listless attitude of the Modi government has forced us to doubt its actions.", he said.

However, Rawat was skeptical about the Chinese soldiers returning back to Doklam.

The remarks "cannot help to preserve tranquillity and peace at the border areas", he said.

"Apparently India was grandstanding to make it appear powerful to its neighbouring countries in South Asia". He said the mechanism in place to defuse the tensions between the two countries are working very well. But now he urged Indian defense force to focus on the northern border.as a result, infrastructure and development of India on the northern border have to be speeded up. The Army chief added, "We don't visualise serious trouble but then one has to be prepared for it".

China wants India to settle the boundary in that particular section based on the treaty while the two sides negotiated for a settlement for the rest of the LAC which spans about 3,488 kms. The aim is to enhance strategic mutual trust and create enabling atmosphere for strategic communication.

In a jibe, the Congress spokesperson said: "The Prime Minister has mastered the art of electoral rhetoric as he has failed miserably to ensure the protection of our borders".

He had also said that the bonhomie between the two sides had returned to the levels seen before last summer's 72-day troops standoff on the plateau, located at the tri-junction with China and Bhutan.

Lu also took exception to Gen Rawat's remarks that Doklam, where the two armies engaged in a 73-day standoff a year ago, was disputed territory between Bhutan and China. Indian and Chinese troops had been locked in a stand-off for over two months previous year in the area near before "disengaging" on August 28.

The Doklam territory, known as Donglang in China, lies near the area where India, Bhutan, and Tibet meet. "China will continue to exercise its sovereign rights and maintain territorial sovereignty in accordance with the provisions of the historical conventions", said spokesperson Hua Chunying. "The dialogue and consultation have shown sound momentum of improvement and development", he had said. The tents remain. The observation posts remain. It is a disputed territory claimed by both Bhutan and China. The face-off ended on August 28. Download The for your device.

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