Doval holds talks with Chinese counterpart

Bill Rogers
July 28, 2017

File image of Yang Jiechi and Ajit Doval.

National security adviser Ajit Doval is now in China to attend the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) National Security Advisers' (NSA) meet scheduled on Thursday and Friday.

Yang also separately exchanged views with the three senior representatives on "bilateral relations, global and regional issues and multilateral affairs, and set forth China's position on bilateral issues and major problems".

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday affirmed that India would like to strengthen its relationship with China and the issues between both the countries will be solved on the basis of Astana consensus.

Doval arrived to take part in the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting in Beijing which is due to take place on 27-28 July.

Doval's visit has raised expectations about the likelihood of a solution to the more-than-a-month-long military standoff in Doklam area near the Bhutan trijunction.

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The standoff began over a road being built by the Chinese Army in Doklam.

"China hopes to maintain the peace and stability of the China-India border area, but certainly will not make any compromise on issues of territorial sovereignty", Reuters cited Lu as saying. The group of NSAs will call on the Chinese President for an interaction on security issues relating to BRICS countries.

But as divided as the country has now become over the Doklam row, several Bhutanese extolled the contributions of India and Indian Army over the past 60 years for the growth of Bhutan and held in high regard by their kings who had stretched the arm of friendship after over 70 years of isolation from the rest of the world.

China on June 26 alleged that Indian troops crossed the boundary line in the Sikkim sector of the China-India boundary.

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. It had also said that India "admitted" to entering Chinese territory. "This is a precondition basis for any meaningful talks between the two countries", Lu said.

This is the first time in weeks that the official media ran a commentary without demanding withdrawal of Indian troops from the disputed Doklam region.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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