Bhutan Trashes Chinese Claims Over Doklam Territory

Days after a top Chinese official claimed that Bhutan has conveyed through diplomatic channels that the territory at tri-junction in Doklam area, where the military standoff is continuing for the past seven weeks belongs to China, the Bhutanese Government today completely rejected the claim, saying that there was no change in their stand.

While talking to a visiting Indian media delegation Deputy Director Deneral of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs in China’s foreign ministry Wang Wenli had reportedly made an unsubstantiated claimed that Bhutan conveyed to Beijing that the trilateral border stand-off area in Doklam  in the Sikkim sector is not Bhutan’s territory.

In response the claims, sources in the Bhutanese government reiterated the stand articulated by them in an official statement which issued immediately after the military standoff erupted in the area after the efforts of PLA
soldiers to build a road were stonewalled by the Indian Army.

Recalling the statement issued by the foreign affairs ministry, the sources said, it was clearly stated that the PLA was trying to construct the road inside Bhutanese territory which is a direct violation of the agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two sides.

The talks between Bhutan and China on the boundary issue were under way and the two countries had written agreements of 1988 and 1998 stating that they agree to maintain peace and tranquility in their border areas pending a
final settlement on the boundary question, the statement said.

Meanwhile, there reports that the Indian Army has advanced its scheduled military exercise Op Alert in the Sikkim Sector.

A TV news channel reported that a village near the site of face in Doklam area has been evacuated by the Indian Army, indicating an escalation of the situation.

There was no official confirmation of denial to the news report in this regard.

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