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Doklam standoff: Japan backs India, says no one must use unilateral force

The endorsement of the Indian position by Japan is a significant development at a regional level

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Doklam standoff
China is attempting to build a road through Doklam plateau, which is part of Bhutan

came out in full support for in its protracted military standoff with at Doklam, near the trijunction, saying no country should use unilateral forces to change the status quo on the ground.

Acknowledging the situation at the Doklam Plateau, Japanese Ambassador to Kenji Hiramatsu said, "We recognise Doklam is a disputed area between Bhutan and and the two countries are engaged in border talks. We also understand that has a treaty understanding with Bhutan, that's why Indian troops got involved in the area," according to the local media.

The endorsement of the Indian position by is a significant development at a regional level as has violated agreements with as well and not with only and Bhutan. It is pertinent to mention that is also engaged with the sovereignty issue with over East sea.

The Bhutanese Government had earlier told ANI over the phone, "Our position on the border issue of Doklam is very clear."

Reacting to the developments in Doklam, the Bhutanese Government had on June 29 issued a press release in which it clearly stated that the construction of the road inside the Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of the agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two countries.

is attempting to build a road through Doklam plateau, which is part of Bhutan, a development that would be a serious disadvantage to India's military defences.

Meanwhile, as the Doklam stand-off is approaching its second month, China's Foreign Ministry has reiterated that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops would continue to defend Dong Lang, which is Chinese territory, and should withdraw all its troops and equipment from there.

The standoff began when started constructing a road in the area. objected to the road construction after the Chinese troops ignored Bhutanese protests, triggering the faceoff from June 16.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has reiterated that India's road map is peace and talks are going on to resolve the issue diplomatically.

has made its stance clear that it stands for peace the border question can be solved diplomatically, not by war.

First Published: Fri, August 18 2017. 10:02 IST
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