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Longer The Doklam Crisis Lasts, The Worse It Will Be For India: Chinese Expert

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| August 3 , 2017 , 15:48 IST

The standoff on the Sikkim border between Indian and Chinese troops in the contested Doklam plateau region sees no signs of subsiding, and tensions continue to rise between the two nations.

As China continues with its demand that Indian troops withdraw, Chinese experts and media foresee the possibility of further military escalation.

Research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Hu Zhiyong, claims that the longer the standoff lasts, the worse it will be for India.

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The Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday released a 15-page detailed fact sheet including maps on the standoff which began on June 16.

"The foreign ministry document shows that the crisis on the China-India border has reached a crucial moment," Zhao Gancheng, director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies said to Global Times.

The state media also reported that China's recent statement on the issue which said that it would take 'all necessary measures to protect its legitimate and lawful rights' indicates an escalation of tensions between India and China and that military conflict is a step closer.  

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According to Zhao, the standoff has not been resolved as China and India have different views on the issue, “China was building a road, but India considers it a big threat to its national security," he said.

Zhao added that if the conflict became a military one, economic ties would also be impacted.

“Since people of both countries are tremendously patriotic, even economic cooperation between the two countries would be heavily affected," said Zhao.

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