NSA Doval, top Chinese diplomat meet in Beijing, discuss 'major problems'

28 July, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
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China still maintains that there won't be any meaningful dialogue unless Indian troops "withdraw unconditionally".

Meanwhile, the government told Rajya Sabha today that India's engagement with China was multi-faceted and issues having differences of perception by both sides are being handled with maturity.

China is giving signs of lowering its belligerence towards India ahead of the visit.

The NSA arrived here on Wednesday to take part in the two-day Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting being hosted by Yang.

His visit has raised expectations about the likelihood of India and China finding a solution to the over a month-long standoff at Doka La area in the Sikkim sector.

With the ministry of foreign affairs of the Royal Bhutan government remaining tight-lipped for almost a month since issuing a statement on June 29 demanding status quo in the Doklam area to June 16 position and asserting that construction of a road inside Bhutanese territory is direct violation of written agreements between China and Bhutan in 1988 and 1998, many Bhutanese youth have expressed their restlessness over their government not taking the lead to bring down tension.

Doval, along with other heads of the delegations, will also call on Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow evening.

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Sushma also said that the "unilateral" Chinese action to change the status quo near the Bhutan trijunction poses a challenge to India's security. India has been providing security to this territory, supposedly on behalf of Bhutan, triggering the escalation of tensions. The first would be to work around a resolution and open a channel for talks.

China hopes that this meeting will help safeguard the common interests of the BRICS countries, move forward political and security cooperation and strengthen the solidarity and influence of the group, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang had said on Monday.

This is seen as a signal from the top leadership that any possibility of a military conflict should be avoided because India is an important market for Chinese business.

"The rights and wrongs are very clear, and even senior Indian officials have openly stated that Chinese troops did not enter into the Indian boundary".

"Banning Chinese products will lead to their economy becoming weaker and our "Make in India" policy will get a boost", Shetty said during Zero Hour.

China says it will not talk on the Doklam issue unless India withdraws troops from the region.


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