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Washington: The US has expressed concern over the month-long standoff between Indian and Chinese troops on the Dokalam plateau in Bhutan at the junction of the three countries.

US department of state spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters overnight Wednesday that the Asian giants should work together to come up with “some sort of arrangement" for peace.

“I know that the US is concerned about the ongoing situation there," Nauert said in response to questions on the tensions between the two countries.

“We believe that both parties, both sides should work together to try to come up with some better sort of arrangement for peace," Nauert said.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognizes as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Of the 3,488-km India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-kilometre section falls in Sikkim—which is near Dokalam.

Tensions have been running high since Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. China says the road it is constructing lies within its territory in Donglang. Beijing has been demanding an immediate pull-out of Indian troops from the disputed Dokalam plateau, accusing the Indian Army of transgressing into Chinese territory.

New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its north-eastern states.

India has conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications.

Adding to the tensions, a PTI report from Beijing on Wednesday said that the Chinese army had moved tens of thousands of tonnes of military vehicles and hardware into the remote mountainous Tibet region since the beginning of the stand-off in Dokalam in June.

The vast haul was transported to northern Tibet by the Western Theatre Command—which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border issues with India, reported the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese military, PTI said.

In a briefing to Indian members of Parliament on Tuesday, foreign secretary S. Jaishankar said China’s stand on the dispute over the Dokalam plateau had been unusually aggressive. This came on a day China warned India that it should not “trespass" into Dokalam and use it as a “policy tool" to achieve its “political targets".

In his briefing to MPs who are members of the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs, Jaishankar said that New Delhi is engaged with Beijing in defusing tension through diplomatic channels.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “This time Indian border personnel illegally trespassed the boundary into the Chinese territory. We stress that the Indian side should not take the trespass as a policy tool to reach or realize their political targets."

Separately, in an opinion piece, the Chinese state-run daily The Global Times said on Tuesday that if India “stirs up conflicts in several spots, it must face the consequence of an all-out confrontation with China along the entire LAC (Line of Actual Control)".

“China doesn’t advocate and tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but China doesn’t fear going to war to safeguard sovereignty either, and will make itself ready for a long-term confrontation," it said in one of a long list of such articles since the beginning of the face-off in June.

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