A local newspaper in China created a tensed environment when it published an article on Saturday stating that China is planning a “small scale military operation” to “expel” Indian troops from the Doklam area “within two weeks”.
We all know that India and China are mired in a stand-off at Doklam plateau since June 16, i.e. nearly two months. The reason being Chinese ever expansive and aggressive attitude as it began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction.
Earlier, Bhutan registered its protest with China, saying the area belonged to it and accused Beijing of violating agreements that aim to maintain the status quo until the boundary dispute is resolved.
“China will not allow the military standoff between China and India in Doklam to last for too long, and there may be a small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops within two weeks,” Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences was quoted by the Global Times.
The “expert” wrote in the daily that the “Chinese side will inform the Indian foreign ministry before its operation.”
Earlier India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that both India and China should first pull back their troops and hold dialogue. She said that war is not a solution to anything. “Even a war ends with a negotiation,” she added.