China Seeks Dialogue with India over Border row in Sikkim Sector


China today looked for a “meaningful dialogue” with India over the border row in the Sikkim sector and requesting it to withdraw its troops from Doklam, claiming that Beijing has “indisputable sovereignty” over the area.

“Diplomatic channels are unimpeded amongst India and China for chats on the standoff in Sikkim,” Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Lu Kang said.

“The pressing problem is to have a meaningful dialogue for the withdrawal of Indian troops from the Doklam area in Sikkim sector,” he said.

A standoff erupted between the two militaries after the Indian Army blocked construction of the road by China in Doklam, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan otherwise called Donglong.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

Mr Lu additionally refuted Bhutan’s allegation that China violated agreements by constructing a road inside its territory.

In a strongly worded statement, Bhutan had likewise requested China to stop constructing the motorable road from Dokola in the Doklam zone towards the Bhutan Army camp at Zompelri which it says affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two nations.

But Mr Lu guaranteed that China had “indisputable sovereignty over the Donklam region.”