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Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Congress urges Centre to resolve India-China border stand-off diplomatically

Congress urges Centre to resolve India-China border stand-off diplomatically

During a meeting with the opposition leaders on Friday, Singh said that the question of talks has not been ruled out.

India has said that it will continue to use diplomatic channels with China to resolve the Doklam stand off and insisted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held "conversation on a range of issues" in Hamburg during the G20 Summit.

Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress MP Rajamohan Reddy told reporters after the meeting that the government, including Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, assured opposition leaders that the military dispute with China "will be resolved diplomatically and peacefully".

The standoff between India and China in the Doka La Plateau, adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, is now a month old, with no end to it in sight yet.

Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is administered by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full. The Home Ministry apparently told the leaders that China is encroaching into the territory of the country.

'In order to protect the border troops in Zero Bridge area of China, in order to restore their contact with the rear, China will have to take necessary precautions, don't blame us that we didn't warn you, ' the editorial says. He also strongly rejected allegations by Pakistan that India was using chemical weapons in Kashmir.

Jaishankar's presentation traced the genesis of the dispute, with the Opposition being informed about how Chinese troops entered Indian territory in May and June, and destroyed an old post, said sources. Bhutan co-operates closely with India in determining its foreign policy, and the Indian Army is involved in the training of its armed forces.

"We said that on issues of national security and integrity of the country, we are with the government", Trinamool leader Derek O'Brien said.

Opposition leaders, including Congress' Anand Sharma and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, wanted to know why the impasse happened in 2017 and why the government is unable to find a solution through negotiations and discussions. He also said it was very unusual that nobody took responsibility for the attack as "usually terrorists want to claim credit to further their plans". "They have promised to support government over the issue".

The stand-off between India and China is a effect of the latter trying to disturb the status-quo at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam. "Bhutan would prefer maintaining friendly and equidistant ties with both India and China", P. Stobdan, a former Indian ambassador and senior fellow at the New Delhi-based Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, told Sputnik.

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