China has reportedly set an August 19 deadline before it “annihilates” India’s troops over a disputed region on the Doklam plateau in Bhutan, a very small country that borders both India and China.
China has demanded that India withdraw its troops from the area, and allow China to invade and annex the region.
While there hasn’t been reported violence yet, China has reportedly set an August 19 deadline for India to back down, otherwise there would be “a small-scale military operation to expel Indian troops,” said China’s state-run media, Global Times, according to a report.
Both India and China have military troops in the region right now, which China is trying to annex. Chinese troops were sent there earlier this summer, as well as construction workers, who were reportedly beginning road construction.
When Bhutan tried to stop the Chinese troops, they were overrun.
India then sent its own troops when Bhutan asked for help, and now the two countries – China and India – are at a standoff over the region in Bhutan.
China also falsely claims areas in the South China Sea, including Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. The contested islands are claimed by various countries, and China does not own them. China often lashes out when the U.S. performs Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOP) in the area.