India well-equipped against China, Sushma Swaraj tells Rajya Sabha members

Sushma Swaraj, India’s Minister of External Affairs, said in the Rajya Sabha that China is trying to change the status quo in the Doklam tri-junction area.

"Over the years, China has been trying to get closer and closer to where the tri-junction point ends. It has done things like repair roads, re-tar them and things like that," Swaraj said when asked why India is at a standoff with China on the border.

She then went on to describe what happened on June 16 that triggered the latest standoff.

"This time though, they came with bulldozers and construction equipment with the aim of breaching the point where the tri-junction ends. That is a threat to our security," said Swaraj.

"We have the law and right on our side," she said about India's position in the standoff.


When asked about China's One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, Swaraj said that India doesn’t agree with it and has maintained its stand right from the start.

"As soon as we learned that they are making China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a part of OBOR, we registered our protest," she said.

Swaraj added India’s allies are cautious about OBOR and China's motivations behind the ambitious projects.