India on Thursday said it was ready to hold talks with China about both sides pulling back their forces to end the stand-off in the Himalayas, but Beijing has insisted its rival withdraw troops first. The two sides have been locked in an escalating confrontation for more than a month in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan. According to the South China Morning Post, the crisis was triggered when Chinese teams began building a road onto the Doklam Plateau, known as Donglang in Chinese. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament in New Delhi that a 2012 agreement required China and India to settle the boundary issue with Bhutan. “If China unilaterally changes the status quo of the tri-junction, it becomes a matter of security concern for India,” she said, referring to the area where the three countries meet.
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