But he is also gearing up for a key party congress later this year, at which he is expected to further consolidate his grip on power - making him unwilling to appear weak by backing down in the current dispute, said politics professor Yvonne Chiu, who researches China's military at Hong Kong University.
"With regard to the boundary in the Sikkim sector there are still steps to be covered before the boundary is finalized", the minister said in her statement adding that there was "mutual agreement on the basis of the alignment of the India-China border in the Sikkim sector as provided by the convention between China and Great Britain relating to Tibet and Sikkim signed in 1890".
"We want to give peace a chance and allow India to recognize the grave consequences".
External affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay, however, refused to comment whether there was reduction of Indian troops at the tri-junction between India-China-Bhutan, saying, "these are operational matters, whether on our side or on the other side".
Meanwhile, Indian and Chinese troops continue to be locked in a stand-off in Doklam and both sides have moved additional troops, ammunition and military equipment to the area. However, since the start of the standoff, Chinese diplomats and media have tried to provoke India.
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India's concerns emanate from Chinese action on the ground, which have implications for the determination of the tri-junction boundary point between India, China and Bhutan and the alignment of India-China boundary in the Sikkim sector.
He further said that the United States, would support India in the war. "But, if a war spreads, the PLA is perfectly capable of annihilating all Indian troops in the border region".
The Modi government's hard-line stance is sustained by neither laws nor strength. "This administration is recklessly breaking global norms and jeopardising India's national pride and peaceful development", the article read. The remarks by the Ministry followed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement in Parliament on Thursday in reply to questions from the Opposition over the government's handling of foreign policy in general and the Doklam standoff with China in particular.
China's Foreign Ministry issued a document Wednesday setting out what it called "the facts" about Indian troops "trespassing" in Chinese territory, calling on India to immediately and unconditionally withdraw and saying Beijing would work with Bhutan to resolve the boundary issue.
"It has already been more than a month since the incident, and India is still not only illegally remaining on Chinese territory, it is also repairing roads in the rear, stocking up supplies, massing a large number of armed personnel". It argued that since the boundary between the two neighbours at Sikkim Sector had already been delimited by the 1890 convention between United Kingdom and China, the bilateral mechanism led by the Special Representatives had no scope to discuss the current face-off, reports Deccan Herald. If there is war, it will be a US-China war, with India on the US side, in the South China Sea and in the Himalayas.
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