Doklam Standoff: Neither China, Nor India Want Conflict or War

Saturday, August 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

Tensions between India and China continue to rise as the Chinese government once again urged India to immediately withdraw its troops from the Doklam Plateau. However, a fully fledged conflict between the two countries is very unlikely, an expert in an interview with Sputnik said.

The conflict between the two countries in the disputed area, known as “Doklam” in India and “Donglang” in China, began in early June, after Chinese workers had begun building a highway through the area, triggering a protest from Bhutan.
India maintains that the Doklam Plateau belongs to Bhutan and that China’s recent effort to build a road in the area violates a 2012 agreement and significantly alters the status quo.

China in its turn alleges that Indian troops crossed the border at Sikkim in mid-June to stop the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from constructing a road in Donglang.

On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a statement, “The Indian side is always keeping ‘peace’ on the tip of its tongue. But we should not only listen to its words but also heed its deeds.”

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