China Installs 'Emergency Response Measures' In Border Stand-off With India

China has warned India not to harbor any illusions about its military's ability to defend the territory.

"The crossing of the mutually recognised national borders on the part of a serious violation of China's territory and runs against the worldwide law", Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a press conference. "It is easier to shake a mountain than the PLA", Wu said. India and Bhutan, who refer to the area as Doklam, say the land belongs to the small Himalayan kingdom.

India stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in Doklam in June, leading to the face-off between New Delhi and Beijing.

Wu maintained that withdrawal of troops remains a precondition for India to resolve the ongoing standoff and added that they have taken adequate measures to deal with Indian insurgency into their territory.

Amid a dragging stand-off on the border between the two Asian giants, China on Monday warned India not to underestimate the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and reiterated that Indian troops should pull back from the Dokalam area.

"China has been trying for a long time to gain a tactical advantage in this sector", having already established dominance along the Indian borders at Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh, said security expert Uday Bhakar, a retired Indian navy officer.

However, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang on Monday said that talks between India and China on the Sikkim row is unlikely.

India has said that it is working with diplomatic channels to resolve the simmering tension at Sikkim where soldiers have been locked for over a month in a confrontation with Chinese troops.

Last week, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said both India and China should withdraw their troops in order to start talks on the festering dispute. Both Bhutan and India have objected to China over the attempt to build a road in Doklam citing security concerns. She had also said that if China unilaterally changed the status quo of the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction, then it would pose a challenge for India's security.

According to China, Indian troops have crossed into its territory to obstruct work on a road.

This dispute is different in nature from the previous frictions happened at undefined boundaries, he added.

  • Jacqueline Ellis