China has claimed that India and Bhutan have trespassed the Chinese borders. China furnished a map which alleges that Indian troops had crossed its territory in Sikkim area. The three countries are in a tussle for ascertaining the correct frontier limits against the perceived limits.
There is a serious difference in border demarcations on the maps posted by China and India. These maps were submitted on the foreign ministry’s website on Friday. China’s map shows a contrary view of India’s perception of the Line of Actual Control (LoAC). The difference arises in the depiction of the strategic tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China.
The Chinese have claimed areas occupied by both India and Bhutan – New Delhi’s claims territory till Batang La, while Beijing has claimed the territory till Mount Gipmochi.
Not only this, the situation is further worsened as Bhutan goes on board to slam China over the already existent dispute which the two countries have been fighting over from June 19. China and Bhutan have a territorial dispute over Doklam.
China claims areas occupied by India and Bhutan: Chinese Report
“There is solid legal evidence to support the delimitation of the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary. It is stated in article one of the Convention Between Great Britain and China Relating to Sikkim and Tibet (1890) that ‘the boundary of Sikkim and Tibet shall be the crest of the mountain range demarcating the waters flowing into the Sikkim Teesta and its affluents from the waters flowing into the Tibetan Mochu and northwards into other rivers of Tibet’,” Chinese state media reported after the scuffle began.
Not only this, the report also highlighted the point of dispute. “The line commences at Mount Gipmochi on the Bhutan frontier, and follows the above-mentioned water-parting to the point where it meets Nepal territory,” the report added.
Don’t change status quo, says Indian and Bhutan
India and Bhutan have pressed for ceasing the construction of ‘Class-40 road’ in the Dolkam plateau. India and Bhutan have asked China to maintain “Status Quo”.
According to the reports, General Bipin Rawat visited the tri-junction for assessing the situation. Rawat visited the army headquarters in 27 Mountain Division (Kalimpong) and 17 Mountain Division (Gangtok).