Chinese troops are seen in the border area near the Doklam plateau. An image from The Indian Express

China upped the ante in the Doklam standoff on Tuesday, calling India’s claim that Chinese road construction on the border posed a threat to New Delhi “ridiculous and vicious,” according to media reports.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry observed that there would be “utter chaos” if its troops entered India on the pretext that Indian border infrastructure posed a threat to Beijing.

Tensions have been high on the India-China border since the Indian army stopped Chinese troops from constructing roads in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said China would not allow any country or individual to infringe on its territorial sovereignty, IANS reported. “The Indian side illegally crossed the boundary on the excuse of … Chinese road-building. The reason is ridiculous, vicious and facts are clear,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying.

“You may think about it. If we tolerate India’s ridiculous logic, then anyone who dislikes the activity at his neighbor’s home can break into its neighbor’s house. Does that mean when China thinks that large-scale construction of infrastructure at the border area of India is posing a threat, it can enter Indian territory? Wouldn’t that be utter chaos?”

Asia Times reported on Monday Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statements regarding the ongoing standoff. He said it can be resolved diplomatically because  New Delhi wants “peace, not any confrontation.”

Replying to Singh’s statements, Hua responded: “China loves peace and firmly upholds peace. At the same time, we will safeguard our territorial integrity and sovereignty. We allow no country or any individual to infringe upon China’s territorial sovereignty.”

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