New Delhi: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman today asserted that India was “ready for any unforeseen situation” in Doklam and will “maintain” its territorial integrity, reported ANI.
“We are alert and ready for any unforeseen situation in Doklam. We are constantly working on the modernisation of our forces. We will maintain our territorial integrity,” ANI quoted the minister as saying in Dehradun.
Sitharaman’s comments came a day after India’s ambassador to China refuted reports that the Chinese military was stepping up infrastructure build-up in the Doklam area.
“No, I can tell you that in Doklam area, which we call close proximity or sometimes the face off site, the area where there was close confrontation or close proximity between Indian and Chinese military troops, there is no change taking place today,” said Gautam Bambawale in an interview to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.
It was reported a few days ago that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was trying to circumvent Indian troop positions with a road axis in the Doklam area near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction.
Bambawale also once again emphasised that China should not change the status quo along the Indian border.
“In the sense that if the Chinese military is going to build a road, then they must tell us ‘we are going to build a road’. If we do not agree to it then we can reply that, ‘look, you’re changing the status quo. Please don’t do it. This is a very, very sensitive area,” the envoy said.