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Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha: 'Chinese action a challenge to our security'
India on Thursday accused China of unilaterally trying to change the status quo on the border with Bhutan and said that this is what has sparked off the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armies.

Speaking over the issue of  'Doklam stand-off' in the Rajya Sabha, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that while China was saying that India should withdraw its troops from Doklam for negotiations to begin "we are saying that if a dialogue is to be held, then both should withdraw (their troops)".

"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," Sushma Swaraj said while responding to a question in the Upper House on the India-China border dispute.

The Chinese action 'is a challenge to our security', the Minister said in the first exhaustive Indian comment on the border row that began over a month ago in Sikkim. She also said that India was not doing anything unreasonable.

She further added, "Foreign countries are with us. They feel that China is being aggressive with a small country like Bhutan. Bhutan has protested, including in writing. All the countries feel India's stand is right and the law is with us."

Swaraj's statement came a few hours after reports emerged that Beijing was not keen on bilateral talks with India over the contentious issue.

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