New Delhi, July 6: The cross-border dispute between India and China at the Sikkim sector can be resolved diplomatically and Chinese soldiers should leave the Bhutanese territory to reduce tension in the region, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said on Wednesday.
“I think the issue can be resolved at the diplomatic level. The Chinese troops should stay where they were earlier. China is approaching towards Bhutanese territory. We want them not to come forward.”
“This is our security concern and this is our stand. Bhutan’s King had yesterday given a statement that Chinese (troops) are entering into its territory. This tension can be resolved at the diplomatic level. Across the table, we can solve all the problems,”
Bharmre’s statement comes after China accused India of trampling on the principles of the Panchsheel pact and demanded that India should correct its mistake by withdrawing its troops.
Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui had yesterday stated China had ruled out a compromise the military standoff with India and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation.
India and China are witnessing cross-border dispute from past 19 days in Dokalam region near the Bhutan trijunction after a Chinese army’s construction party came to build a road.