India denies reports of China quietly resuming its activities in Doklam area
India denied reports of any Chinese activity in Doklam and said that “status quo prevails in the area”, which witnessed a standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries in 2017.
Minister of State for External Affairs (MEA), V K Singh said that there have been “no new developments at the site of the face-off with China in Doklam and its vicinity”.
“Since the disengagement of Indian and Chinese border personnel in the Doklam area on August 28, 2017, there have been no new developments at the faceoff site and its vicinity. The status quo prevails in this area,” Singh said.
“In our high-level exchanges with China, the government has consistently maintained that peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas is an important pre-requisite for the smooth development of bilateral relations,” Singh said.
“The government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it,” he said.
“India is of the firm view that as two large countries having wider regional and global interests, India and China must pursue their relationships with other countries in a manner that does not become a source of concern for each other, and is based on mutual respect and sensitivity to each other’s concerns and aspirations,” he added.