India should have learnt lessons from Doklam: China

India talks tough to China says we are alert and ready for any situation in Doklam

India talks tough to China says we are alert and ready for any situation in Doklam

The two-day talks on the 11th meeting of the India-China Expert Level Mechanism (ELM) on Trans-Border Rivers concluded yesterday in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, a press release from the Indian Embassy today here. About lessons to be drawn, he called for delineation of the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC) which China has refused.

She was referring to the comments made by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who had said in his annual press conference on 8 March that both the countries leaders have agreed to "strategic vision" to solve the Dokhlam standoff.

India's envoy in an interview to Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post had blamed China for the stand-off in Dokalam saying it happened because Beijing tried to alter the "status quo" which it should not have.

Reacting to India's ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale's remarks that were published on Saturday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, "Donglong (Doklam) belongs to China because we have historical conventions". "Now for the last 30 years, not a single shot had been fired between the India-China border, which shows that we have been successful at maintaining peace and tranquillity".

He said that though "no change" has taken place in the standoff site at Dokalam after it was resolved previous year, the PLA may be reinforcing its troops "well behind the sensitive area". "China is committed to resolving the relevant dispute through negotiations", IANS reported.

"We are alert and ready for any unforeseen situation in Doklam. Export of India's IT and IT-enabled Services to China and cooperation in the sectors of tourism and healthcare needs to be focused upon", the statement said.

"We are alert and ready for any unforeseen situation in Doklam. Those are the things you're free to do and we are also free to do, because you're doing it inside your territory and we are doing it inside our territory".

The crisis erupted after Indian troops halted road construction at Doka La, citing Bhutan's claim to the area.

An earlier report in The Print in January also claimed that China has nearly completely taken control of the northern side of the disputed plateau. Recent reports have suggested that Beijing is quietly making a road in the southern part of the Doklam plateau.

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