Beijing: China today asserted that Dokalam belongs to it and India should have “learnt lessons” from the stand-off last year, days after India’s envoy blamed China for the face-off saying it happened because Beijing tried to alter the “status quo” in the disputed area.
Reacting to India’s Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale’s remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “Donglong (Dokalam) belongs to China because we have historical conventions.”
“China’s activities there are within our sovereign rights. There is no such thing as changing status quo,” she said at a media briefing here.
“Last year thanks to our concerted efforts and our wisdom we properly resolved this issue. We hope the Indian side could learn some lessons from this and stick to the historical conventions and work with China to ensure the atmosphere in the border areas is conducive for the development of bilateral ties,” she said.
The India’s envoy in an interview to Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post had blamed China for the stand-off in Dokalam saying it happened because Beijing tried to alter the “status quo” which it should not have.