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Indian Troops Should be Captured or Killed: Ex-Chinese Diplomat

China on Thursday also reiterated that it won’t talk to India until New Delhi withdraws troops from Doklam.

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China has repeatedly said that withdrawal of troops from Doklam is a precondition for any “meaningful dialogue” with India. (Photo: Reuters)
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A former Chinese diplomat on Thursday said that if Indian troops don't withdraw from Doklam in the disputed tri-junction, they should be captured or killed.

Liu Youfa, who was the Chinese Consulate General in Mumbai, said, “According to what I understand of international law, when people in uniform get across the border to move into the territory of the other side, they naturally become enemies who will have to face three consequences: First, they can go out voluntarily, or they may be captured or when the border dispute should escalate, they may be killed,” Liu told CGTN, the English channel of national broadcaster CCTV.

“So, there are three possibilities. So, I think the Chinese side is standing there waiting for the Indian side to make the sensible choice,” he added. “This is the best result for both sides to avoid the eventual confrontation.”

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‘We Won’t Talk to India if Troops Don’t Withdraw’

This comes after the country reiterated that it won't talk to India until New Delhi withdraws troops from Doklam, where both armies have been locked in a standoff for more than a month.

China has repeatedly said that withdrawal of troops from Doklam is a precondition for any “meaningful dialogue” with India over the festering border row in the Sikkim section of the border.

“Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded and the withdrawal of the Indian border troops is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue and communication between the two sides,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press conference.

“The incident that happened in the Sikkim section makes it quite clear that the Indian border troops illegally trespassed into Chinese territory,” Lu added.

‘Both Should Withdraw Troops’: Sushma Swaraj

India, however, responded and asked China to withdraw its troops from Doklam on the Bhutan-China border if it wanted New Delhi to pull out its Army from the area. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday accused China of unilaterally trying to change the status quo on the frontier with Bhutan.

This is what had sparked off the standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies, she told the Rajya Sabha. She said while China was saying that India should withdraw its troops from Doklam for negotiations to begin, “we are saying that if a dialogue is to be held, then both should withdraw (their troops).” The Chinese action “is a challenge to our security”, the Minister said, adding India was not doing anything unreasonable.

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‘We Want to Work Towards a Peaceful Resolution’: MEA

On the same day, the MEA added that India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, will be visiting China for the BRICS NSA-level meeting.

“India is a responsible power, working towards a peaceful resolution, NSA Doval's visit to China next week is still on,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. He added that India hopes to find a peaceful resolution to “all the problems.”

The borders of India, Bhutan and China meet at Doklam, which holds strategic importance to all three.

China calls Doklam its own, but India and Bhutan call it Bhutanese territory.

India, a close ally of Bhutan, stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in Doklam in June, leading to the face-off between New Delhi and Beijing.

(With inputs from IANS.)

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