Taking steps to resolve Doklam standoff: China

Taking steps to resolve Doklam standoff: China

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Beijing, July 24 : China on Wednesday said its armed forces are taking effective measures to create favourable conditions for the peaceful resolution of the Doklam stand-off with India.

The Ministry of National Defence in a White Paper said its forces are striving to promote stability and security along the border with India. "They strive to promote stability and security along the border with India, and take effective measures to create favorable conditions for the peaceful resolution of the Donglang (Doklam) standoff," the white paper said under the heading "Safeguarding National Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights and Interests."

In 2017, troops of the two neighbours were 73-day confrontation when Indian soldiers halted a road construction by the Chinese at Doklam on the trijunction with Bhutan. Besides maintaining "a rigorous guard against encroachment, infiltration, sabotage or harassment so as to safeguard border security and stability”, China’s armed forces also "defend important waters, islands and reefs in the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Yellow Sea, acquire full situation awareness of adjacent waters, conduct joint rights protection and law enforcement operations, properly handle maritime and air situations, and resolutely respond to security threats, infringements and provocations on the sea."

Outer space is a critical domain in international strategic competition, the document said, adding that outer space security provides strategic assurance for national and social development. China's defence expenditure is reasonable and appropriate, said the white paper released by the State Council Information Office.

Compared to other major countries, the ratios of China's defence expenditure to GDP and government expenditure, as well as the per capita defence expenditure of the country, remain at a relatively low level. There is still a wide gap between China's defence expenditure and the requirements for safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, for fulfilling China's international responsibilities and obligations as a major country, and for China's development. In step with national economic development, defence expenditure of China will maintain a moderate and steady growth, said the white paper.(UNI)