NEW DELHI - Reacting to Indian envoy Gautam Bambawale's remarks against any attempt to change the present state of affairs on the plateau, China on Monday said that Doklam a "Chinese territory" and the question of changing the status quo does not arise.
"Regarding the border issue, China is committed to maintaining peace, stability and tranquillity there and Donglang (Doklam) belongs to China as we have historical conventions. So China`s activity there is within its sovereign rights. There is no such thing as changing the status quo," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.
"Last year, thanks to our concerted efforts, our diplomatic efforts and wisdom that we properly resolved this issue. We hope the Indian side could learn some lessons from this, stick to historical conventions and work with China to ensure the peace and stability in the border area as well as a good atmosphere for the development of bilateral ties," she added.
Talking about the delimitation of the boundary, Hua said, "China`s position is clear and consistent. The east, middle and western side is yet to be officially demarcated.
China is committed to resolving the relevant dispute through negotiations," *IANS* reported.
In an interview to Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Bambawale had said that any attempt to change the status quo in Doklam would lead to another stand-off.
The ambassador, however, had added that both the nations were well within their rights for an Army build up behind the point of the face-off and the status quo in Doklam remained in place.