Following the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector, China on Thursday reiterated that it won’t talk to India until New Delhi withdraws troops from Doklam, media reports said.
China has repeatedly said the withdrawal of troops from Doklam was the precondition for any “meaningful dialogue” with India over the festering border row in the Sikkim section of the border.
“Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded and the withdrawal of the Indian border troops is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue and the communication between the two sides,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press conference in Beijing.
“The incident that happened in Sikkim section is quite clear that the Indian border troops illegally trespassed into Chinese territory,” Lu added.
The borders of India, Bhutan and China meet at Doklam, which holds strategic importance to all three.
China calls Doklam its own but India and Bhutan call it Bhutanese territory.