Go away from Doklam, its your only hope, China tells India
Withdraw from Doklam, that is your only hope, China has told India. The only way to end the standoff in Doklam was for India to unconditionally withdraw its troops from the area. China's latest reaction to the standoff comes a day after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh hoped Beijing would soon make a "positive" move.
Rajnath Singh had on Monday hoped that a solution to the standoff in Doklam would be found soon and had said India never attacked a nation nor did it harbour any expansionist behaviour. In a speech, he had also expressed hope that China will undertake a positive initiative to resolve the standoff.
But China responded with its standard propaganda attack by repeating its accusation that Indian troops "illegally crossed the boundary".
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said India's reasons to stop the Chinese road building activity in Doklam area was "ridiculous". "So the only prerequisite and condition of this incident is unconditional withdrawal of the Indian troops and equipment," Hua told reporters.
India and China have been locked in a standoff for more than two months in Doklam near the Sikkim sector. The faceoff began after Indian troops stopped Chinese military from building a road India believes would allow Beijing to cut its access to the northeastern states. Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but China claims sovereignty over the area.