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'India, China should ink new boundary pact in Sikkim sector'

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border a 220-km section falls in Sikkim

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Doklam: The word from Ground Zero

Notwithstanding the Doklam standoff, Chinese military analysts say that and should sign a new boundary convention in the sector to replace the 1890 Great Britain-agreement and make it more contemporary.

"For early harvest means, we want to have a new agreement with India, because the 1890 convention was signed between Great and China," Senior Colonel Zhao Xiaozhou, Director at the Centre on China-America Defence Relations of the Academy of Military Science, told an Indian media delegation here yesterday.

"At that time, it was not the People's Republic of China, (PRC). became independent in 1947. It is better we change the signatures of the convention, that is what I mean early harvest," he said.

"It is very essential because there are territorial disputes in the eastern, central and western sectors of the India-border. Only in the section we have the fixed border. So, we want to start from the easiest, that is what we call early harvest," he added.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry too in its August 2 fact-sheet on referred to Beijing's expectations of an "early harvest" in the sector.

"The Chinese and Indian sides have been in discussion on making the boundary in the Sector an 'early harvest' in the settlement of the entire boundary question during the meetings between the Special Representatives on the China- Boundary Question," it had said, referring to the 1890 convention.

"The boundary in the sector has long been delimited by the 1890 Convention, which was signed between then and Great and ought to sign a new boundary convention in their own names to replace the 1890 Convention. This, however, in no way alters the nature of the boundary in the sector as having already been delimited," it had said.

On the part of the boundary, India's (MEA) in its June 30 statement on the had said, "Where the boundary in the sector is concerned, and had reached an understanding also in 2012 reconfirming their mutual agreement on the 'basis of the alignment'. Further discussions regarding finalisation of the boundary have been taking place under the Special Representatives framework."

Therefore "it is essential that all parties concerned display utmost restraint and abide by their respective bilateral understandings not to change the status quo unilaterally. It is also important that the consensus reached between and through the Special Representatives process is scrupulously respected by both sides," the MEA had said.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in

and have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the sector for the last 50 days after Indian troops stopped the Chinese People's Liberation Army from building a road in the area.

claimed that it was constructing the road within its territory and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops from Doklam. Bhutan says Doklam belongs to it but claims sovereignty over the area. also claims that Thimphu has no dispute with Beijing over Doklam.

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