Xi, Modi unlikely to meet at G20 due to border row

Posted July 07, 2017

And if India doesn't withdraw its troops from the border, Beijing may decide to support "pro-independence appeals in Sikkim".

Gen Shuang, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry, on Wednesday said India is violating global law and the 1954 Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, or Panchsheel Treaty, that serves as the basis of China and India's relations.

China, which has so far has cited maps, official letters and released pictures to claim Doklam, which it calls Donglong, as its own territory, said the region was never at the tri-junction of India, China, and Bhutan.

Beijing has cancelled an upcoming bilateral meeting of its President Xi Jinping with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid a stand-off between the troops of both countries near the trisection of China, India and Bhutan borders.

There was no mention of a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping as was being speculated. Its link to the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction could give China a major military advantage over India.

The genesis of the skirmish between both the countries was China's attempts to construct a road in the strategically key area of Donglong.

"Perhaps its defeat in that war was too humiliating for some in the Indian military and that is why they are talking belligerently this time", it said.

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"Although the boundary between the two countries (China and Bhutan) is yet to be settled, we have basic consensus on the boundary", the spokesperson said.

Stressing the fact that Doklam belongs to China and has always been under the effective jurisdiction of China, Ambassador Luo said "now the ball is in the court of the Indian side".

Sikkim standoff: The editorial in Global Times said China was wary of India playing the Dalai Lama card, but this card is already overplayed and will exert no additional effect on the Tibet question. India's loss at Doklam would also make the other smaller countries in South Asia lose a little bit of confidence in India for help in maintaining their national security and sovereignty in the case of a threat. Such issues are dealt with a great deal of maturity by the concerned agencies at the appropriate level. "That is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India", Li added. "But in the last 40 years, not a single bullet has been fired because of border dispute", Modi said in a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Earlier, there were reports that Modi and Xi may meet on the sidelines of the G20 Summit to resolve the standoff.

China had stopped the pilgrimage from going through the Nathu-La pass on June 20, leaving three batches of pilgrims waiting for Beijing to open the door.

"The Indian side has changed arguments several times, first claiming that "China intruded into Indian territory", but later saying "there was no incursion into our territory" followed by the new excuse that India is helping Bhutan safeguard its territory".