Brics Summit: NSA Ajit Doval holds talks with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi

28 July, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Randy Kelley
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Ahead of his meeting with Xi, Doval is expected to hold separate talks with Yang to discuss resolution of the standoff at Doklam in Sikkim sector.

China's State Councillor Yang separately met senior security representatives from South Africa, Brazil and India and "set forth China's position on bilateral issues and major problems", Xinhua said. As India took strong stances on Chinese presence around sensitive border regions surrounding north-eastern states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the recently reported presence of Indian forces at a disputed territory between Bhutan and China have considerably heightened the tensions.

While the overwhelming focus of the global media is on the ongoing India-China standoff in Doklam in the trijunction area, the Chinese media hasn't scaled down on its rhetoric much. Bhutan, according to the press release, had conveyed to China, both on the ground and through the diplomatic channel, that the construction of the road in its territory was "a direct violation of the agreements between China and Bhutan signed in 1988 and 1998".

His comment came even as Beijing indicated that India must withdraw its troops from Doklam Plateau in western Bhutan if it wanted to have "meaningful dialogue" with China. Along with his BRICS counterparts will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow and will hold talks on India China Doklam.

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Doval is in Beijing to attend a two-day BRICS security summit but the focus has been on his bilateral interactions with the Chinese leadership against the backdrop of the standoff and intense speculation on whether the two sides would begin a conversation to ease tensions, if not resolve the impasse.

In a written reply, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said the two sides have agreed to continue their engagement at various levels to enhance mutual understanding and address outstanding issues.

"Is our country a place for India and China to show off their military power?" Indian troops halted the work in June, leading to the crisis. And the troops from the both sides should withdraw as Doklam belongs to its ally Bhutan. The 2,325-word FB post has not only created a furore and exposed the sharp divisions among the Bhutanese people over the role of India but also has been republished by top Chinese media outlets to claim that it represented the general views of the Bhutanese.


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