BEIJING (Sputnik) — India and China have been locked in a border standoff since mid-June. The confrontation occurred after Indian troops blocked the construction of a road carried out by China in the disputed area of Donglang, where New Delhi supports Bhutan’s territorial claims.
“The problem can be resolved very easily. They have to leave [China’s territory],” Wang said during his visit to Bangkok, as quoted by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
China insists that the territorial dispute in Sikkim was resolved as long ago as in 1890, when China and the British Empire signed the so-called Convention of Calcutta defining the borders in Sikkim. However, India-backed Bhutan is convinced that Beijing’s attempt to extend a road to the Donglang area runs counter to a China-Bhutan agreement on maintaining peace in the region until the dispute is resolved.