China renewed calls last week for India to remove itself from the border dispute between China and Bhutan.
Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said that Indian forces had to leave the area to avoid an “escalation of the situation.”
“We have stated many times that we hope the Indian side will get a clear understanding of the situation (and) immediately take measures to withdraw the troops that illegally crossed the border back to the Indian side of the border,” Lu said at a regular news briefing Tuesday.
Tensions flared in June after Chinese teams began building a road onto the Doklam (Donglang) Plateau claimed by both China and Bhutan. India serves as a sort of security watchdog for Bhutan. Recently reports have surfaced that India’s military has also constructed a roadway to Doklam, suggesting military units may be following.
South China Morning Post contributor Sourabh Gupta says, “India is militarily engaging a state actor from the soil of a third country over a piece of land its partner country does not even control. Not even the mighty US does that.”