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India ‘misleading the public’ on Sikkim standoff: China

China’s superior efficiency in infrastructure building has been on stark display near the Arunachal Pradesh, angering locals and making India’s ability to ramp up development of the state crucial to maintaining stability in the area.Yesterday, the Chinese ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, said in atypically blunt remarks that a pre-condition to any resolution to the stand-off is that India must pull back its troops.India has opposed China’s road construction in Doklam, which is a disputed territory between Thimphu and Beijing.In his briefing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that India had “misguided” its public about the proximity of Doklam to India.Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular press conference that Beijing had “repeatedly made such requests”.On Wednesday, it announced that it is weighing options on issuing a travel alert for its citizens visiting India.China’s envoy to India has warned that a military stand-off along a contested part of the border in the Himalayas was the most serious confrontation between the two nations in more than 30 years.India has said Beijing’s action to “unilaterally determine tri-junction points” is in violation of a 2012 India-China agreement. China claims that Indian troops crossed into China’s Donglang region (Doka La is the Indian name for the region) and obstructed work on a road on the plateau.Each side has about 3,000 soldiers facing off across a remote plateau in the pocket of land where Tibet meets Sikkim and Bhutan, Indian media reported citing army sources.Calling for “immediate pullback of troops to the Indian side”, Gent said it was a “precondition for settlement of the incident and that is also the precondition to avoid any worsening of the situation”.It said the Indian military will be “kicked out” of Doklam unless it withdraws on its own.Following the face-off, China last week suspended the pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet where Indians travel via the Nathu La Pass, which has been shut.”I want to point out that the relevant actions by the Indian side violate the purposes and principles of the UN Charter in defiance of global law and worldwide norms”.On the media front stepping up its attacks through press notes and editorials the Chinese state media here today asked Indian troops to move out of Dokalam area in Sikkim “with dignity or be kicked out”, describing the situation as “worryingly tense”. China had already lodged a protest with India, Mr Geng said. It also said that the Chinese “look down” on the Indian military, and India will “suffer greater losses than in 1962″ in case of a conflict. “This time, we must teach New Delhi a bitter lesson”.”Perhaps its defeat in that war was too humiliating for some in the Indian military and that is why they are talking belligerently this time”, it said. We believe the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is powerful enough to expel Indian troops out of Chinese territory …