China standoff: minister says world stands behind India

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Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj speaks in Parliament on Thursday. Photo: Economic Times

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj claimed on Thursday that  India has the support of all countries in its standoff with China, according to media reports.

She told Parliament: “All countries are with us and they understand that the point put forth by India is not wrong.”

Swaraj made the comment while speaking on the border dispute that began about a month ago in the Indian state of Sikkim. Swaraj told Parliament that “both sides must pull back troops and work things out with talks” while stressing that India’s action was motivated by territorial threats.

DNA quoted Swaraj as saying that China sent in bulldozers and excavators with the intention of disrupting the status quo. “If China unilaterally changes [the] status quo of the tri-junction point between China-India and Bhutan then it poses a challenge to our security.”

She added: “Agreement between India-China and Bhutan is that the three countries will together discuss border issues in tri-junction .” 

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