India warns Britain AGAINST Brexit trade deal with China in latest war of words

INDIA has issued a stark warning to Britain over striking quick trade deals with “non-democracies” like China after Brexit amid ongoing tensions between the two Asian giants over the contested border known as the Line of Control.

Ashish Chauhan, chief executive of the Bombay Exchange, said Britain leaving the EU was both “an opportunity and a threat” to improve trading relations with Asia.

But he warned the UK not to get “carried away,” adding: “The UK would be better off working with democracies.

“It’s easy to get carried away with fast results from non-democracies.”

When asked to clarify what he meant by “non-democracies”, Mr Chauhan pointed to China, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Brexit Trade Secretary Liam Fox said he hopes to secure free trade deals with six major economies, including IndiaChina and the US in the wake of the UK’s exit from the EU.

But Mr Chauhan told Britain out would have to “learn to be humble” before it engaged in trade talks with former colonies during a speech at the LSE conference in India.

It comes after India’s MoS for defence, Subhash Bhamre, last week said the situation along India’s border with China is “sensitive” and has the potential to escalate.

Tensions between the two nations took a turn for the worst last summer when both sent military forces to Doklam that sits under the territory of New Delhi’s ally, Bhutan.

The area sits extremely close to a part of the southern border of the Asian superstate.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day stand off in Doklam, which eventually ended on August 28.

Since then New Delhi has hosted multi-nation naval exercises in the Indo-Pacific region.

Meanwhile India says it has seen satellite images which show China has constructed seven helipads in Doklam as well as deploying tanks and missiles in the area.

Indian and Chinese troops have “redeployed” themselves away from the face-off site in Doklam, and China has undertaken construction of helipads, sentry posts and trenches for its army personnel there, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today. 

“Post disengagement from the face-off in 2017, troops of both sides have redeployed themselves away from their respective positions at the face-off site. The strength of both sides have been reduced,” she said replying to a question on the issue in Rajya Sabha. 

“In order to maintain these troops during the winter, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has undertaken construction of some infrastructure, including sentry posts, trenches and helipads,” she said. 

Last week, junior Defence Minister Subhash Bhamre had said that the situation along India’s border with China is “sensitive” and it has the potential to escalate. 

Sitharaman’s reply today came in response to a question on whether satellite images have revealed that China has constructed seven helipads in Doklam besides deploying tanks and missiles in the area. 

On whether India has taken up the matter with China, she said issues relating to the border are regularly taken up with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels and at Border Personnel Meetings, flag meetings and meetings of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs. 

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam from June 16 last year after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. The face-off ended on August 28.

Sources said China has been keeping its troops in north Doklam and significantly ramping up its infrastructure in the disputed area.

In January, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat had said the time had come for India to shift its focus from borders w ..

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