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53 Indian troops still present at Doklam: China

9 August, 2017 3:37 PM
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53 Indian troops still present at Doklam: China

BEIJING: Fifty-three Indian soldiers and a bulldozer were present at the Doklam area, a report in a state-run daily said, quoting the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

The ministry, according to the Global Times, asked India to withdraw its troops and equipment from what it called the "Chinese territory".

Citing the ministry, the daily said that 53 people and a bulldozer from the Indian side remain in "Chinese territory" as of Monday.

"India should withdraw its troops and equipment...They have gravely infringed on China's sovereignty," the ministry was quoted as having said by the daily.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang last week said that "there were 48 Indian soldiers and one bulldozer" in Doklam area as of August 2.

"In addition, there are still a large number of Indian armed forces congregating on the boundary and on the Indian side of the boundary," Geng had said.

A 15-page fact sheet issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry had earlier said that there were over 40 Indian border troops and one bulldozer in the area by the July end.

Countering Chinese contention, sources in New Delhi last week maintained that around 350 Indian Army personnel have been in Doklam for last six weeks after China tried to build a road in the area, triggering the standoff.

India's position on the issue was made clear by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently, saying both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.

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Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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