Modi's top ministers brief opposition on China stand-off, Kashmir

Chelsea West
July 16, 2017

Much water has flown in Ganges since 1962 and India will not bow down before the hegemony of China.

India on Thursday rejected an offer by the Chinese to mediate the longstanding border dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.

Although the country has tried to enhance its sovereignty, as New Delhi still has a grip on its economy and military, Bhutan's path to total independence is bound to be a bumpy one.

The Home Minister will also provide details to the opposition about Monday night's deadly terror attack on pilgrims on the Amarnath Yatra in which seven people were killed, along with information on the security conditions in Jammu and Kashmir, where two soldiers were killed yesterday in firing from Pakistan.

Mulayam Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party told the MPs that India should be wary of China as it was a "dhokebaaz (traitor) country".

Kashmir has been at the center of the reactionary strategic rivalry between India and Pakistan from its very outset-the bloody 1947 communal partition of South Asia into an expressly Muslim Pakistan and a predominantly Hindu India. Kashmir is majority Muslim and pro-Pakistani separatists have waged guerilla campaigns and fomented riots against Indian forces intermittently for years.

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Indian officials said the nation remains willing to negotiate a settlement with Pakistan over the disputed territory, but only between the two nations and with no global mediators involved. Everybody has promised to support the government. Last August, the border talks entered their 24th round. India's corporate media regularly publishes inflammatory articles alleging Chinese incursions across the Line of Actual Control that delimits current Indian- and Chinese-controlled territory.

This is not the first time that China has invoked the 1962 war.

He also referred to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar's remarks at an event in Singapore on the issue.

He told this IANS visiting correspondent that Chinese "ulterior motives" of developing infrastructure along the Bhutanese border is risky for this nation, though it's guarded naturally by the mighty mountains. Moreover, he emphasized that Beijing does not consider this to be similar to previous border spats. Officials said Doval and Jaishankar made a detailed presentation before the opposition leaders, including those from the Congress, the Left, the NCP and the TMC, saying Indian Army is in a stand-off with the People's Liberation Army of China in the India-Bhutan-China tri- junction.

"India has no right to interfere in China-Bhutan boundary issues, nor is it entitled to make territorial claims on behalf of Bhutan".

"(The) Chinese action in Doklam plateau can be seen as a part of the country's recent tendency to unilaterally change the ground situation in areas that are disputed", says the European Parliament vice president.

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