Building A Road Became A Burning Issue
The Doklam standoff started in mid-June when India accused China of building a road in the disputed territory toward the Doklam plateau, an objection that the Royal Bhutanese Army also raised. Doklam is a tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China. India intervened in the crisis, supporting Bhutan's stand and asking China to halt its construction. China claimed Doklam as its territory and soon there was a standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops, with both of them sending reinforcements at the border area. In the wake of the stand-off, the pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar was canceled. Located at an altitude of 15, 160 feet, the yatra is considered holy to Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It takes place between June and September.
Doklam Standoff: Perceived Softening Of Stand
Softening her previous stand, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said the border stand-off with China can not be resolved through a war but can be settled through bilateral talks. "We will keep patience to solve the issue," she said, adding that India will engage with China to resolve the dispute. Acknowledging China's contribution to India's economic growth, she said, "China has contributed to our growing economic strength. For them, there is a lot at stake, risk here. They have been awarded many contracts. "
A day after Swaraj's comments, Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu, said that "shared interests" between the two countries "far beyond weigh any differences" and "India and China need to solve the issue through" rational, objective and constructive means . "
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Sushma Swaraj Statement In Parliament
With the stand-off continuing over over a month, Minister for External affairs Sushma Swaraj said in Parliament that India has the support of "all countries". Swaraj also demanded both countries to withdraw their troops in order to have a conversation on the issue. In response to Swaraj's comment, Chinese media mouthpiece Global Times said she had "lied" in the parliament. It also warned of China resolving the "conflict through non-diplomatic means", highlighting the power of the Chinese forces. "The China-India border area may become a stage where China showcases the achievement of its long-term military development and reforms,"
Ajit Doval Meeting
On the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met Chinese State Counselor Yang Jiechi and held talks that Beijing said "major problems" and "regional issues". The two sides have been tight-lipped about what was discussed in the meeting. After meeting National Security Advisors (NSAs) of BRICS countries, Chinese President Xi Jinping praised their efforts in enhancing mutual trust and cooperation. Doval said "vital" issues discussed at the meeting of the NSAs and its results will be a "impact" on the main summit in September.
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