Some Chinese troops suffered injuries from Indian troops’ fierce action in the western part of the border area, the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed Monday.
This came after a video showing border troops from the two countries pushing and throwing stones at one another near Pangong Lake.
Last Tuesday, Indian border troops obstructed Chinese border troops, who were carrying out normal patrols on the Chinese side of the actual line of control in the Pangong lake area, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing.
Hua noted some Chinese were injured after the Indian side “took fierce actions, collided with the Chinese and physically fought with them.”
The Indian troops’ actions went against the two countries’ consensus to keep peace on the border and endangered the situation in the western part of the China-India border, she said.
Hua stressed China is extremely dissatisfied and had lodged solemn representations.
China has urged India to conform to relevant agreements and restrict its border troops’ activities to maintain peace and stability in the border area.
The Convention Between Great Britain and China Relating to Sikkim and Tibet signed by both countries in 1890 delimited the boundary between the Tibet region of China and the Indian state of Sikkim, which confirmed Doklam is Chinese territory. Successive Indian governments have acknowledged the demarcation.
However, it is not really hard to understand why India has abandoned its previous position. India is again using its old bag of tricks.
“Indians have convinced themselves that if they declare a tract of territory to be Indian, it becomes Indian, which is nonsense,” said Neville Maxwell, an Australian journalist who was on the ground for the British Daily The Times at the time of the Sino-Indian border conflict in 1962.
Maxwell, in an interview with Xinhua, said India has unilaterally claimed sovereignty over pieces of land along its northeastern borders, and now Doklam is next.
India has attempted to justify its incursion on the pretext of “protecting Bhutan,” arguing that Doklam is Bhutanese territory.
The fact is that the Bhutanese authorities have clearly told Chinese officials that Doklam is not Bhutan’s territory and expressed confusion by India’s actions.
As a third party, India has no right to interfere in or impede boundary talks between China and Bhutan, nor does it have the right to make territorial claims on Bhutan’s behalf.
India’s intrusion into Chinese territory under the pretext of protecting Bhutan has not only violated China’s territorial sovereignty, but also challenged Bhutan’s independence.
Obviously, India is not only trying to change the status quo but also misrepresent the truth for its own unspoken intentions.