Defending its military infra- structure build up in Dokalam, China on Monday claimed that the area falls within its sovereignty and said Sino-India differences over the border should be resolved in a “calm way” through the existing mechanisms.
Commenting on Indian envoy to China, Gautam Barnbawale’s interview to state- run Chinese daily ‘The Global Times’ where he said the status quo should not be changed along the sensitive areas of the 3,488-km border, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that differences can be addressed through existing mechanisms.
“I believe that you are blowing it (Dokalam standoff) out of proportion. I believethat in the post-Dokalam period, India and China need to be talking to each other and con- versing with each other much more than in the past” at dif-ferent levels including at the leadership level, Bambawale had told the daily.
India and China ended the 73-day standoff on August 28 last year at Dokalam area after the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) stopped building a strategic road close to India’s narrow Chicken’s Neck area connecting the northeastern States.
“Indeed, we have noted that the ambassador talked about it while addressing the issue,” Hua said when asked about Indian envoy’s remarks.
‘The two sides should look at border issues in a calm way and resolve relevant issues through the existing border related mechanisms so that we can create conditions and enabling environment to properly solve our differences,” she said.
Besides a mechanism to discuss border tensions, India and China also have special representative-level border talks to resolve the differences over disputed border.
The Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China stretches to 3,488 kms. The two sides held 20 rounds of border to talks to resolve the border issues.
Hua reiterated China’s stand that Dokalam, which is also claimed by Bhutan, is very much its territory.