China's Global Times Criticises Swaraj's Statements on Doklam Stand-Off

China Unusually Aggressive in Its Stand on Dokalam Foreign Secretary tells Parliamentary Panel

Even as the Chinese state media turned shriller on India and accused foreign minister Sushma Swaraj of lying to Parliament on the Doklam impasse, India and China are working together at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to get developed countries such as the U.S. and the European Union members to reduce subsidies for farm products that are detrimental to exports from developing and poor countries.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said a 2012 agreement bound China and India to settle the boundary issue with Bhutan.

At the epicenter of the growing crisis is the Doklam plateau, which sits at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, near the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim.

Garry Ross refused to respond to any queries regarding India and China and said, "We refer you to the Governments of India and China for further information".

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On 20 July, Swaraj had spoken in Parliament about why India had to "intervene at the tri-junction point to stop China's unilateral attempt to change the status quo because this would impact our security".

Ms Swaraj had said in Parliament on Thursday, "Their (China's) intention was to reach the tri-junction so that they can unilaterally end the status of the tri-junction". The editorial asked India to "abandon the long-term fantasy" of the Doklam area. The Chinese embassy in India has also been actively engaging with the Indian public to explain its country's position.

Warning New Delhi to not be stubborn, the editorial warns of "a potentially grave escalation of tension in the future" and that India should be "prepared for all possibilities".

It is always hard to second guess a large, and reputedly inscrutable, country like China, especially at a time of crisis. They started to claim that Donglong (Doklam) is a trijunction and have presented the proposition of withdrawing the troops of both sides to feel out China's response.

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India and China fought a bloody war in 1962.

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday said China was trying to spread its influence but India was doing everything to protect its interests.

Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a faceoff in Dokalam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. "It is called the "inch-by-inch" strategy, where the aim is not to obtain territory overnight, but gradually over 10-15 years". "We hope this time New Delhi does not repeat the same mistake", it concluded. He is expected to open up the diplomatic channels to find a solution to the five week old standoff at Doklam.

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