On Doklam, India will remain firm militarily but be reasonable diplomatically: Report
'India will remain firm and resolute on the ground or at the military level... while being reasonable at the politico-diplomatic level to resolve the ongoing troop stand-off,' the Times of India quoted sources as saying on Wednesday. Photograph: (Facebook)
In the current standoff in Doklam, India will remain firm militarily but be reasonable diplomatically, the Times of India reported on Wednesday quoting sources.
"India will remain 'firm and resolute' on the ground or at the military level to thwart any attempt by China to 'bully' Bhutan, while being 'reasonable' at the politico-diplomatic level to resolve the ongoing troop stand-off with the People's Liberation Army in the Doklam area in Bhutanese territory, say sources", the TOI said.
There are at the moment about 300 soldiers from either side facing off from each other, about 150 metres apart, in Doklam.
Doklam lies in Bhutan, close to the trijunction where China (Tibet), India (Sikkim), and Bhutan meet.
The standoff erupted in June when Chinese troops began to build a road on the plateau.
Bhutanese troops tried to stop them but were unable to do so.
They then asked Indian troops for help, who intervened, sparking the standoff which has been building up ever since.
Only yesterday, the Chinese defence ministry said -- depending on the situation -- it would continue to increase troop deployments to the region.