Chinese Expert Rakes Up Kashmir Issue Amid the Current Standoff With India

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Even as the Sikkim border dispute between India and China shows no sign of abating, the Indian Army seems to have settled in for the long haul.

"Otherwise, under India's logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country's Army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir", Long Xingchun, Director at the Centre for Indian Studies at China West Normal University, wrote in an article in the Global Times. Jaishakar, who was the Ambassador of India to China from 2009-2013, and then to the U.S. before becoming the foreign secretary in January 2015, said, "These are still early days".

"Through mass immigration to Sikkim, ultimately leading to control of the Sikkim parliament, India annexed Sikkim as one of its states", it alleged.

The foreign secretary said the consensus between India and China to not allow their differences to become disputes underlines the "strategic maturity" with which the two countries "must continue to approach each other". "But President Xi chaired the informal BRICS meeting during which Prime Minister Modi was also present", he said.

Stressing China has every right to build the road within "its sovereign territory", the Xinhua piece said that over the past few years, it is actually India that has been "sneaking around the Sikkim section of the China-India border".

"The withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam remains a precondition for bilateral peace, and China will take all necessary measures to ensure its territorial integrity".

The area is strategically important for India as the crucial Siliguri corridor, known in military parlance as Chicken Neck and having road and rail heads, is just 50 to 60km from there. Who holds more diplomatic sway? In April, the Tibetan Buddhist leader visited the far northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, territory that China claims.

"When the Indian government attaches great importance to its relationship with China, it keeps a tight grip on anti-China political activities on its soil". While thousands thronged the Dalai Lama, China denounced him and India for allowing him to go.

But the current Chinese build-up "is to diminish India in the eyes of the region", Ramachandran says.

During the question and answer session, he said that "no part of the border has been agreed on the ground".

It is not possible to verify how many troops either side has massed.

In this, one of the longest standoffs between the two sides since 1962, China may be anxious about a policy frequently uttered but just as frequently denied: that Washington would like to enlist New Delhi in a strategy to "contain" China.

The Foreign Secretary reminded that the complexity inherent in the simultaneous rise of two major powers, that too in close proximity of each other, has sparked off a big debate about the opportunities and risks that arise from such developments.

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