Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

China and India Face Off at Another Himalayan Hotspot

China and India Face Off at Another Himalayan Hotspot

When the Indian side staked claim to the area during negotiations in late 1990s, the Chinese army constructed a metal-top road and insisted it was part of Aksai Chin, which is under the latter's control, officials said. On Tuesday, soldiers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) tried to enter the Indian side in two areas- Finger Four and Finger Five- twice but on both the occasions their attempts were thwarted by alert Indian troops.

Replying to another question on One Road One Belt, a vanity project of Chinese president Xi Jingping the envoy said Japan and India have discussed the project many a time.

As Chinese and Indian troops continue to confront each other across the Doklam Plateau, tensions are flaring up in another Himalayan hotspot. The punching and stone-throwing supposedly ceased after 30 minutes, with troops from both sides retreating to their original positions.

All the officers spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Doklam standoff: Japan has extended support to India and Bhutan even as New Delhi has been exploring ways to resolve the border conflict with China, according to Indian Express.

"We understand that the standoff in the Doklam area has been ongoing for almost two months..."

In Beijing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Chinese troops sought to avoid confrontations and said India should "make tangible efforts to maintain the peace and stability of the border areas between the two countries".

Following the stone-throwing scuffle yesterday between Chinese and Indian soldiers and the release of some truly bad propaganda from China's state-run Xinhua News Agency, tensions between Asia's two most populous countries are higher than in decades.

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