Doval holds talks with Chinese counterpart

Nichole Vega
July 28, 2017

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.

Nonetheless, China remains on the fact that there cannot be any meaningful dialogue without the return of the Indian Army, but the Chinese Foreign Ministry had indicated a bilateral meeting between Doval and Yang, which is part of the Brix's NSA meeting. The meet, where the five-nation bloc traditionally discusses counterterrorism and security issues, assumes significance in the view of festering border row between India and China.

The latest stand-off between two nuclear armed countries started when China started building a motorable road in the Doklam area near Sikkim on June 16.

Officials confirmed that Doval, who will be taking part in the BRICS NSAs meeting in Beijing will be meeting President Xi.

The seventh meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues is being held in Beijing on Thursday and Friday.

According to China's State-run Xinhua news agency bilateral relations, global and regional issues, multilateral affairs and "major problems" were discussed during the meeting.

"If India wants to achieve its goal by sending troops across the demarcated boundary, China urges India not to do so", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last week said that China's attempt to build a road through Bhutan posed a security challenge to India. But both sides have acknowledged that talks were held through diplomatic channels to ease the tension.

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.

Talking about Astana consensus, Singh said India and China must not allow differences to become disputes. Lu also said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi has officially made China's stand clear on this issue.

This is seen as a signal from the top leadership that any possibility of a military conflict should be avoided because India is an important market for Chinese business.

"The recent border issue between the two countries shows a lack of strategic trust on the Indian side", Xinhua said. And the troops from the both sides should withdraw as Doklam belongs to its ally Bhutan.

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