New Delhi: Speaking at the Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated that China was trying to change the status quo on the border with Bhutan and this is what has ignited the stand-off between Indian and Chinese armies. She also said that all the countries feel that India’s stand is right.
Swaraj went on to say: “Foreign countries are with us. They feel that China is being aggressive with a small country like Bhutan. Bhutan has protested, including in writing. All the countries feel India’s stand is right and the law is with us.”
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha that 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 in the first exhaustive Indian comment on the border row that began over a month ago in the Sikkim sector of the winding Sino-Indian frontier.
Sushma Swaraj said India was not doing anything unreasonable.