New Delhi: India on Friday maintained silence on Chinese claims that China had informed India twice about Beijing’s plans to construct a road in the Doklam area.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “I will neither confirm nor deny. I will not like to charactersise diplomatic interactions.” The MEA said it would not go into “every detail of diplomatic interaction”.
India and Bhutan regard Doklam as Bhutanese territory, while China calls it Dong Lang and regards it as its own territory.
The MEA spokesperson also referred to a June 30 statement on India being in consultation with Bhutan on the matter. Indian and Chinese troops are involved in a tense face-off in the area for the past six weeks, but there have been no hostilities as yet. But China has been lashing out at India almost every day, demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from the area....