In Midst Of Doklam Stand-off, China Hopeful Over BRICS Summit

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"It thinks Washington can influence the situation along the China-India border simply by issuing a pro-India statement or sending warships to the Indian Ocean", it added. The growing rhetoric from the two major powers involved - India and China, with the latter being a bit extra vociferous and outspoken with the language used through its state-run press. This is despite the Chinese rakhis are 20% to 40% cheaper than the Indian rakhis.

"India is still not only illegally remaining on Chinese territory, it is also repairing roads in the rear, stocking up supplies, massing a large number of armed personnel", the foreign ministry said. Then, there's also the$1.3 billion acquisition deal between Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co. and Gland Pharma, which India has blocked. The outcome of the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in the Doklam area is fixed. As a third party, India has no right to interfere in or impede the boundary talks between China and Bhutan, still less the right to make territorial claims on Bhutan's behalf. India and China both have not asked or pressured Nepal seeking favour.

Nepal on Tuesday said it meant to maintain neutrality in the India-China standoff.

"If the Chinese gain control of the Donglang region, they will hold a commanding position in the Chumbi Valley and would gain the ability to essentially cut off India's access to the northeastern states in case of a conflict", says The Diplomat.

Beijing has consistently said that it will not compromise on its soereignty and has urged India to unilaterally withdraw its troops.

"Ultimately, you have to understand that India can not stand up to China without American help and support".

For nearly two months, India has maintained its military presence in the Doklam area, a place recognized by both India and the worldwide community as part of the Tibet Autonomous Region and Chinese sovereign territory. The Chinese Media even tried spreading lies to pacify the citizen that India has withdrawn troops.

"Three smartphone companies approached us to find out what is the popular sentiment now over the India-China issue", told the project manager of a Gurgaon based firm that specialises in doing online as well as offline surveys on various issues.

Doklam Standoff has already crossed more than 50 days and the Chinese Media is not yet exhausted of its rhetoric. India dispatched troops to the region, which prompted China to send its own troops to the area.

Wang said India and Bhutan are two countries out of the 14 countries China is yet to sort out boundary disputes.

Being too nervous over a scholar's comments about a possible military operation and counting on the speculated "aid" from the US reflect India's lack of self-confidence, said Long Xingchun, director of the Center of India Studies at China West Normal University, in an interview with the Global Times. "The Doklam area has all along been part of China and under China's continuous and effective jurisdiction".

Of the United States dollars 2.34 billion worth of solar equipment brought into India in the financial year 2015-16, a staggering USD 1.96 billion worth of solar cells and modules were produced in China, Energy Minister Piyush Goyal told Parliament in November 2016.



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