Shocking: 2 Foreign Secretaries Warned Modi About Chinese Presence In Doklam Even After Standoff Ended
Modi still did not raise the issue with China
Only two months after the standoff between India and China at the Doklam border ended, the then Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had conveyed the possibility of Chinese troops still being present in northern Doklam area, to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs.
According to The Indian Express report, Jaishankar’s successor, Vijay Gokhale, had also informed the Standing Committee that troop build-up was taking place in the disputed territory across the India-China boundary. Both China and Bhutan lay a claim over the Doklam area which borders India.
The draft report prepared by the committee on ‘Sino-India Relations including Doklam, Border Situation and Cooperation in International Organisations’, contains the statements of both Gokhale and Jaishankar from October 2017, where they warn the Indian government about the presence of Chinese troops even after the standoff had ended.
The military face-off between India and China at the Doklam border began in June 2017, when a Chinese road construction company entered the Indian side of the border and attempted to build a road in the Doklam region. The Chinese party was then stopped by Indian troops.
The standoff between the two countries finally ended with a disengagement of personnel at the Doklam border in August 2017.
However, earlier this year, IE reported the presence of Chinese troops at the faceoff site in Doklam, after which the Opposition accused the government of not raising the matter with China during visits by PM Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, even as media reports were suggesting “heavy Chinese military presence ” in the region.