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Doklam border standoff: Chinese army says restraint has a bottomline

04 August 2017,Friday, 11:40



China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has in a new statement said that its "restraint" over the Doklam standoff had "a bottom line", as it demanded for India to "immediately pull back trespassing troops", reports Indiatoday.

In a statement late Thursday, PLA Colonel Ren Guoqiang, who is spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence, said China had shown "utmost goodwill" and "sought to communicate with India through diplomatic channels".

Col. Ren added, "However, goodwill has its principles and restraint has its bottom line".

He called on India "to give up the illusion of its delaying tactic, as no country should underestimate the Chinese forces' confidence and capability to safeguard peace and their resolve and willpower to defend national sovereignty, security and development interests."

"Chinese armed forces will resolutely protect the country's territorial sovereignty and security interests," he added.

The PLA statement underlined how China has through a series of statements sought to pressure India over the stand-off, as it now nears the 50-day mark.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday released a 15-page statement that said Beijing would "take all necessary measures".

In another statement on Thursday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said it had notified India on two occasions through border mechanism meetings that it had planned to construct a road on June 16, and Beijing also sought to rebut Indian officials' statements saying around 400 Indian troops remained in the area, claiming "48 Indian troops and one bulldozer" remained on the disputed territory, which India and Bhutan see as Bhutanese.

 

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