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#SikkimStandoff: Ex-Chinese diplomat says Indian troops must withdraw or die

20 Jul 2017 | By Abheet Sethi

Liu Youfa, a former Chinese diplomat, said the Indian troops deployed at the disputed Donglang area (also called Doklam) could withdraw, be captured or killed.

Youfa's statement is significant as he was the former Chinese consulate general in Mumbai.

China blames Indian soldiers of illegally entering its territory in Donglang and stopping its troops from building a road.

Bhutan claims Donglang as its territory.

In context: Former Chinese diplomat explains stance on #SikkimStandoff

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Baglay said that on the Sikkim standoff, diplomatic communications between India and China have continued.

He said India is looking for a peaceful solution.

20 Jul 2017#SikkimStandoff: Ex-Chinese diplomat says Indian troops must withdraw or die

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What Liu said

Liu said as per his understanding of international law, soldiers trespassing into another country's territory "naturally become enemies." He said such soldiers "can go out voluntarily, or they may be captured or when the border dispute should escalate, they may be killed."
Liu says India-China can't 'afford to be hostile'

CommentsLiu says India-China can't 'afford to be hostile'

Liu said construction of roads by China are no grounds for India to deploy troops.

He said India is also building airfields and roads in its territory along its border and "…you cannot stop China from doing the same."

He said both countries are "great neighbors" and "cannot afford to be hostile to each other."