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As the Sikkim border standoff continues for more than a month, a Chinese expert quoted by local media argues that since Indian troops have entered the Doklam region which is contested between China and Bhutan, similarly Chinese troops can enter Kashmir, an area that is claimed by Pakistan.
Although China is already 'interfering' by building roads and other infrastructure projects in the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK), the Chinese expert claims that 'a third country's army' can enter 'India- controlled Kashmir' if called for help by Pakistan.
"Even if India were requested to defend Bhutan's territory, this could only be limited to its established territory, not the disputed area," Long Xingchun, director of the Center for Indian Studies at China West Normal University said in an article in the Beijing-based Global Times.
"China can show the region and the international community or even the UN Security Council its evidence to illustrate China's position," Long said.
"Otherwise, under India's logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country's army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir" he says.
Adding to the string of allegations against India, Long said, "For a long time, India has been talking about international equality and non-interference in the internal affairs of others, but it has pursued hegemonic diplomacy in South Asia, seriously violating the UN Charter and undermining the basic norms of international relations."
India's protest at China's road-building exercises at the sensitive tri-junction border between China, India, and Bhutan led to China accusing Indian troops of trespassing onto their land, while India maintained that it was on ally Bhutan's land.