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No talks without 'unconditional' withdrawal: China to India on Sikkim row

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday claimed India 'admitted' to entering Chinese territory

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Sikkim standoff: China says 'ridiculous' for India to cross the border
A stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbouring giants. Photo: Reuters

today reiterated that no meaningful dialogue can be held with until it "unconditionally" withdraws troops from the disputed Dokalam area and said Foreign Minister has authoritatively made Beijing's position clear on the issue.

Wang, who is the first top Chinese leader to have commented so far on the Dokalam impasse, yesterday claimed that "admitted" to entering Chinese territory. He said that should "conscientiously withdraw" its troops from the area.

"The remarks of Foreign Minister are authoritative and has made our position clear. I don't have anything to explain," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing.

Lu, however, declined to react to reports that both sides have deployed over 3,000 troops each at Dokalam, saying that the question should be referred to the Chinese Defence Ministry.

He once again said will not hold any meaningful dialogue without Indian troops' withdrawal.

"I have stressed many times that the crux of this incident is that the Indian border troops illegally trespassed into China's territory and the solution as Wang put it is for Indian border troops to pull-out unconditionally. This is a precondition basis for any meaningful talks between the two countries," Lu said.

The Dokalam issue is expected to be discussed during the visit of Indian Security Adviser Ajit Doval to for a meeting of the NSAs of BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa - on July 27-28.

Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off 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.

China claimed it was constructing the road within its territory, and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops.

But External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Parliament last Thursday that both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.

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First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 17:00 IST