Engage In Direct Dialogue, US Tells China, India Over Doklam Standoff

Posted July 23, 2017

Garry Ross refused to respond to any queries regarding India and China and said, "We refer you to the Governments of India and China for further information".

"Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told her country's parliament on Thursday that 'all countries are in India's support, ' and said India is alert to the need to protect its security...."

"Much of China's harsh rhetoric is a reflection perhaps of some surprise on their part that India actually intervened on behalf of a third country", former foreign secretary Shyam Saran said in a recent interview. "India's invasion of Chinese territory is a plain fact", it said, and claimed that India's military strength is "far behind" that of China's, The Global Times said.

The Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) on Friday assured to extend support to the Centre to solve the issue of Indo-China border through diplomacy and dialogues.

It is always hard to second guess a large, and reputedly inscrutable, country like China, especially at a time of crisis. India's position is not wrong on the tri-junction and all nations are with it.

Even Bhutan registered its objection to the Chinese aggression.

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of Bhutan for over a month.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

Washington has remained nearly totally mum about the standoff between India and China. China will by no means agree to the withdrawal of troops in order for talks to be held. "The Chinese geologists studied the river and then used stones and boulders to change its course in such a way that the river ate into Vietnamese territory".

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Swaraj said China has been demanding that India withdraw its forces from the area.

The editorial also threatened Delhi with military action. "It is called the "inch-by-inch" strategy, where the aim is not to obtain territory overnight, but gradually over 10-15 years".

The official spokesman of the Chinese government said in Beijing on Thursday that the diplomatic channels were "unimpeded".

India and China fought a bloody war in 1962.

"We hope India won't repeat this mistake", it warns.

Mahapatra cited two other curious cases where China has created border disputes with its neighbours.

"This is a situation that we are following closely and carefully".

The meeting will be hosted by Doval's Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Yang Jiechi. Defence Department spokesperson Gary Ross said in a statement to the media: "We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions and free of any coercive aspects".