Indian ambassador insists; ‘status quo’ needs to be maintained post Doklam
With Doklam coming in the narrative often and about in the India and China relations, the Indian envoy to China urged both sides to step up engagement at all levels and also ensure the need to respect the “status quo” along the disputed border.
It need be mentioned that the 73-day Doklam stand-off was triggered by what India saw as a Chinese attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo in the India-China-Bhutan trijunction by extending a road towards the Siliguri Corridor.
Though, the standoff resolved after China agreed to stop road construction in the specific area but has beefed up its troop presence elsewhere on the contested plateau.
Gautam Bambawale, Indian Ambassador to China, said that status quo needs to be maintained post Doklam episode.
Putting the Doklam stand-off in perspective, he said that India and China “have had exchanges and interactions over several centuries”.
He reiterated that both sides have always shown wisdom in overcoming such hurdles.
Among India’s concerns, he flagged the trade deficit and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. >