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Doklam standoff: How India rubbished Chinas 15 page fact sheet in one line

Author: Vicky Nanjappa
Publication: Oneindia.com
Date: August 3, 2017
URL:   http://www.oneindia.com/amphtml/india/doklam-standoff-how-india-rubbished-chinas-15-page-fact-sheet-in-one-line-2513670.html

India issued a one line statement negating a 15 page document put out by China about the reduction of troops at Doklam amidst the standoff. The Chinese had issued a 15 page fact sheet in which it claimed that there was a troop reduction by India at Doklam.

It also said that India was inventing excuses to justify its stand at Doklam. The Chinese have described the positioning of Indian troops at Doklam as an illegal crossing into Chinese territory.

In response to the 15 page fact sheet, India issued a one line rebuttal. India chose not to counter China point by point. "India considers that peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas is an important prerequisite for smooth development of our bilateral relations with China," it said.

Meanwhile Indiarubbished China's claim that the number of troops have been reduced at Doklam. Amidst the standoff, China had released a 15 page document stating that there were only 40 soldiers at Doklam and the number was down from 2.400.

India however rubbished these claims and said that there has been no scaling down of troops. An official said that there is has no escalation and the standoff continues. There are around 400 of our troops there, the officer also informed.

Beijing has insisted that India withdraws its troops for there to be any meaningful dialogue. However India has made it clear that there can be a resolution to the conflict only through meaningful dialogue.

China had earlier accused India of concocting excuses over the illegal entry of its troops while also adding that it had shown great restraint. The Chinese foreign ministry once again reiterated that India withdraw its troops.
 
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