China rules out any compromise with India on Sikkim border stand-off, calls situation 'grave'

Amid the continuing military standoff in the Sikkim section, China on Tuesday ruled out any compromise with India and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the situation to what it described as 'grave'.

China rules out any compromise with India on Sikkim border stand-off, calls situation 'grave'

New Delhi: Amid the continuing military standoff in the Sikkim section, China on Tuesday ruled out any compromise with India and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the situation to what it described as 'grave'.

In unusually blunt remarks, China's Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui told PTI, "The ball is in India's court and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff."

Asked about remarks by official Chinese media and think- tanks that the conflict can lead to a war if not handled properly, the ambassador said, "There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your government policy (whether to exercise the military option)."

"The Chinese government is very clear that it wants a peaceful resolution at the current state of the situation for which withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a pre- condition", he asserted.

"The first priority is that the Indian troops unconditionally pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. That is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India," he said.

"The situation is grave and made me deeply worried. It is the first time that Indian troops have crossed the mutually recognised boundary and trespassed into China's territory, triggering a close range face off between Chinese and Indian border troops. Now 19 days have passed, but the situation still has not eased," Luo said.

He also asserted that India has no right to interfere with the China-Bhutan boundary talks, nor is it entitled to make territorial claims on behalf of Bhutan.

"India cannot encroach upon the territory of other countries on the ground of its 'security concerns'. Otherwise, the world would be in chaos," the Chinese envoy added.

He also asserted that "it is critical that India shall withdraw its troops immediately to minimise the negative impact. It serves the interests of the two sides."

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction for past 19 days after a Chinese army's construction party came to build a road.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India.

(With Agency inputs)