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Chinese defence ministry meets visiting Indian media at the height of Doklam crisis

New Delhi, Aug, 7, 2017: The Chinese defence ministry on Monday opened its doors to a visiting Indian media delegation, to reinforce its position that Indian troops must leave the Doklam plateau to resolve the crisis in the Sikkim section of the China-India frontier.

Updated:Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 02:00

Chinese defence ministry meets visiting Indian media at the height of Doklam crisisNew Delhi, Aug, 7, 2017: The Chinese defence ministry on Monday opened its doors to a visiting Indian media delegation, to reinforce its position that Indian troops must leave the Doklam plateau to resolve the crisis in the Sikkim section of the China-India frontier.

Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang signalled that China was puzzled by the movement of Indian troops, in view of the interaction between the two militaries on two occasions prior to the crisis.

He stressed that China had first notified India of its intention to build a road on March 18 - a day after an Indian military delegation on a goodwill mission, visited the 3rd Garrison of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on the outskirts of Beijing. He said that the Indian side was, for the second time, informed about the Chinese decision, a fortnight prior to the arrival of PLA troops with bulldozers at the site of the road construction. On both occasions, there was no response from the Indian side.

Asked to explain the rationale of China’s decision to notify India about its intent to build the road, Sr. Colonel Ren said this was done as a gesture of goodwill.

Source: The Hindu

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