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China wanted to split India-Bhutan over Doklam standoff: Shivshankar Menon

'China wanted to "show the Bhutanese that India could not defend their security,' Menon

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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India and China were locked in a 73-day-long military stand-off in Doklam from June 16 to August 28 | Photo: Reuters

China's political goal was to "split" India and over the standoff, former Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said today while appreciating the way the government handled the issue.

Menon, who was NSA between 2010 and 2014 in the previous rule, also said there was a need for an integrated approach in managing the country's borders.

"One reason why we saw that activity in last year was not because they (China) had a clear military option or superiority but they had the political goal of splitting us from the Bhutanese," he said at a conference here.

India and have close ties and New Delhi has been providing military support to the country.

He said wanted to "show the Bhutanese that India could not defend their security and also to arouse Bhutanese opinion (on it). I am glad we chose to react the way we did."

Menon had also served as India's foreign secretary from October 2006 to August 2009.

Troops of India and were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed tri-junction by the and have a dispute over The face-off ended on August 28.

As a close friend and neighbour, enjoys diplomatic and military support from India.

Delving into various aspects of border management, Menon said the armed forces must take the people of the border areas of North Eastern states into confidence on such issues.

It is important to carry the people with you, he said.

The conference on 'Bridging gaps and securing borders' in the north east was attended by the top brass of the defence forces including Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba.

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First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 23:08 IST