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Sikkim standoff: India-China border row may lead to war, says US expert

Doklam, at the tri-junction of China, India, and Bhutan, holds strategic importance for all three

IANS  |  Washington 

India flag (left) and China flag
India flag (left) and China flag

A United States (US) expert has said that the ongoing border dispute between the Indian and Chinese troops at in the sector could lead to a war.

"Yes I do, and I don't say that lightly," Jeff M Smith, a scholar at the American Foreign Policy Council, told the New York Times when he was asked whether he thought the India-stand-off could spiral into war.

"Both sides have taken hardline positions that make it difficult to back down. The messaging is eerily similar," Smith said, referring to the countries' 1962 war that was also over border disputes.

Doklam, at the tri-junction of China, India, and Bhutan, holds strategic importance for all three.

The border row between the two countries was triggered in June when the stopped a road construction by Chinese troops in

has told repeatedly to withdraw troops from Doklam, which it calls as its own territory. New Delhi has said that troops from both sides should withdraw for a dialogue as belongs to its ally Bhutan.

Bhutan, a Himalayan nation that has no diplomatic ties with China, also protested against the road construction by Chinese troops.

First Published: Thu, July 27 2017. 16:23 IST
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