New Delhi says committed to find solution acceptable to India, Bhutan, China

Leigh Mccormick
July 28, 2017

File image of Yang Jiechi and Ajit Doval.

Officials in India confirmed that Doval, who will be taking part in the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting in Beijing, will be meeting President Xi.

According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Chinese National Security Advisor Yang Jiechi has bilateral relations in front of senior representatives of the three countries, keeping their side on global and territorial serious issues (possibly including the Dokalam) and clarifying their position. Doval and Yang are both special representatives of the Indo-China border system.

Yang also separately met his counterparts from South Africa and Brazil, Xinhua reported. His visit has raised expectations about the likelihood of India and China finding a way-out of the over a month-long standoff at Doklam area in Sikkim sector.

With the ministry of foreign affairs of the Royal Bhutan government remaining tight-lipped for almost a month since issuing a statement on June 29 demanding status quo in the Doklam area to June 16 position and asserting that construction of a road inside Bhutanese territory is direct violation of written agreements between China and Bhutan in 1988 and 1998, many Bhutanese youth have expressed their restlessness over their government not taking the lead to bring down tension.

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India on June 30 told China that its attempt to construct a road in the Doklam area in Bhutan will cause a "significant change of status quo", is a "violation of a 2012 understanding", and will lead to "serious security implications".

Talking about Astana consensus, Singh said India and China must not allow differences to become disputes.

Doklam, located at the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China, is of high strategic importance to all three. According to the official program, Doval will meet with China's President Xi Chunfing on Friday with BRICS top security officials. "Indian troops have to go out", stated Yi. He added, "The crux now is Indian border troops illegally stayed on China's territory". It is not China but a set of problems common to all developing countries like corruption, a lack of quality education and healthcare is holding back India.

"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. New Delhi has said that troops from both sides should withdraw for a dialogue as Doklam belongs to its ally Bhutan.

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