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'Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard,' China has said on the Doklam standoff
China has said India should not "leave things to luck" and "harbour any unrealistic illusions" over the Doklam standoff.
"Shaking a mountain is easy but shaking the People's Liberation Army is hard," Reuters reported defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian as telling a media briefing.
Wu added that China's ability to defend its territory and sovereignty had "constantly strengthened".
Chinese "border troops have taken emergency response measures in the area and will further step up deployment and trainings in response to the situation," AFP reported him as saying.
He did not give any details about the deployment.
"India should not leave things to luck and not harbour any unrealistic illusions," Reuters reported Wu as saying.
"We strongly urge India to take practical steps to correct its mistake, cease provocations, and meet China halfway in jointly safeguarding the border region's peace and tranquillity," Wu said.
Reuters reported Indian officials as saying about 300 soldiers from either side are facing off from each other about 150 metres apart on the plateau.
Reuters reported them as adding that diplomats from both sides are talking to each other, trying to ensure that the confrontation does not escalate.
And that India's ambassador to Beijing is leading the effort to find a way for both sides to back down without losing face.