2017-08-12 03:12:05 UTC
It used to tickle me how your reference to "Bharat" (whatever the fuckIn 1962 neither India nor China had nukes. Things should be most
entertaining this next time around...
China-India Border Dispute Involving Bhutan: An Explainer
BY SHUBHAM KISHORE
07/05/17 AT 6:14 AM
China And India's Border Disputes Explained
Amid the ongoing Indo-China border standoff, the Global Times, a
government-run Chinese media outlet, published an opinion piece Wednesday
reminding India of the 1962 war between the two countries. It also talked
about “teaching New Delhi a bitter lesson.”
The editorial said India would suffer greater losses than it did in 1962, if
it incited conflict. Referring to a comment by India’s Defense Minister Arun
Jaitely, the report said, “Jaitley is right that the India of 2017 is
different from that of 1962 — India will suffer greater losses than in 1962
if it incites military conflicts.”
The current border standoff between the two countries in a disputed region
in Bhutan has continued for more than 20 days. The controversy began when
India opposed China’s plan to extend a border road through a disputed
plateau which Bhutan recognizes as Doklam, while China claims it's a part of
its Donglang region.
Last week, India issued a statement that the Chinese road building action
was in violation of a 2012 agreement requiring trilateral consultation.
Commenting on the standoff, the editorial also stated, “We firmly believe
that the face-off in the Donglang area will end up with the Indian troops in
retreat. The Indian military can choose to return to its territory with
dignity, or be kicked out of the area by Chinese soldiers.” The two nations
fought a brief but bitter war in 1962. Border disputes in several areas like
Aksai Chin, Depsang Plains and some areas in the northeast Indian state of
Arunachal Pradesh, have remained unresolved following the war. The Depsang
Plains are located on the border of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir
and the disputed zone of Aksai Chin.
India and Bhutan have historically maintained strong relations. The Indian
Army is involved in training the Royal Bhutan Army, while Bhutan cooperates
closely with India in determining its foreign policy.
India has expressed concern that the road, if completed, would make it
easier for China to access India's northeastern states. In the event of a
conflict, India fears this would help China cut off its northeast from the
rest of the country. The foreign ministry of India issued a statement June
30 saying the construction "would represent a significant change of status
quo with serious security implications for India," BBC reported.
However, according to the Chinese officials, Indian border guards have
obstructed "normal activities" on the Chinese side by opposing the road
construction. Reports suggest both India and China rushed their troops to
the region as the standoff began. China also retaliated by stopping 57
Indian pilgrims, who were on their way to the Manas Sarovar Lake — a Hindu
pilgrim site in Tibet via the Nathu La pass in India's northeastern state of
Sikkim. Both countries have signed a formal agreement to allow the pilgrims
to visit the holy site.
In a formal statement issued June 29, Bhutan also accused China of
constructing a road “inside Bhutanese territory” and called it a “direct
violation” of its territorial treaty obligations. China, which does not have
formal diplomatic ties with Bhutan, denied the allegations about violating
any treaties. "Doklam has been a part of China since ancient times. It does
not belong to Bhutan, still less India," Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesperson Lu Kang said Wedneday.
"China's construction of road in Doklam is an act of sovereignty on its own
territory. It is completely justified and lawful, and others have no right
to interfere,” the statement further read. The region also saw clashes
between China and India in 1967. The fact that Tibet's spiritual leader
Dalai Lama resides in India has also been a sticking point between the two
India and China share a border that extends 2,174 miles.