Vastavam web: Senior Col Li Li of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be thousands of kilometres away from Doklam but has a stern message for the Indian Army withdraw from the Chinese territory to avoid confrontation.A visit by Indian journalists, sponsored by the Chinese government, today turned into a propaganda exercise by the Chinese Army for delivering its message on the prolonged standoff between troops of the two countries in Doklam near Sikkim.”You can report about what the Chinese soldiers are thinking about. I am a soldier, I will try my best to protect territorial integrity. We have the resolve and determination,” he told Indian journalists taken to visit this garrison on the outskirts of Beijing.
The visit included a rare demonstration of combat skills of the PLA troops before the Indian media.Li, however, clarified that the demonstration had no particular reference to Doklam where China says 48 Indian troops still stayed put along with a bulldozer.”In addition, there are still a large number of Indian armed forces congregating on the boundary and on the Indian side of the boundary,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry had said earlier.”We will follow the orders of the CPC (ruling Communist Party of China) and the Central Military Commission (the overall high command of the 2.3 million strong army headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping).”
The garrison is one of the oldest and most important training centres of the PLA officers and troops. It is also responsible for the security of the Chinese capital.An article in the official China Daily today said “geostrategic miscalculations” were behind India’s border “trespassing”.”For China, the trespassing by Indian troops was unexpected and it is unacceptable as it happened in a section of the boundary that has hitherto been considered beyond dispute by both sides in the otherwise long drawn out and arduous boundary negotiations,” it said.”While misunderstandings between neighbours are understandable, India should engage in candid dialogue, not lawless provocations.”
Time, it added, is fast running short for India to pull out from Chinese territory and on that basis explore a face- saving solution in consultation with China. “India should do well to remember that its neighbour has the capability to defeat all invading enemies,” it said.Bhutan has protested to China, saying the area belonged to it and accused Beijing of violating agreements that aim to maintain the status quo until the boundary dispute is resolved.