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Govt briefs Opposition in hope of a smooth Parl session

16 July, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • Handling the Dragon

In the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Ministry officials made two presentations on both the issues before the leaders.

The ongoing border stand-off between India and China will be resolved peacefully and diplomatically, the government on Friday reportedly told opposition leaders here.

Former defence minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, who represented the Samajwadi Party at the meeting, said the government needs to be careful about dealing with China.

China has alleged that the Indian troops are on its soil, but both Bhutan and India say the area in question is Bhutanese territory.

India's government immediately seized on Monday night's atrocity to intensify repression of the mass protests that have convulsed Jammu and Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority state, for the past year.

The government told the leaders that Chinese activities in the Doklam sector were hurting Indian strategic interests.

Today, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson rejected the Chinese offer and said India's position on addressing all issues, including Kashmir with Pakistan, in a bilateral framework, had not changed. It is more interesting when China openly demonstrating hostility against India on global forums and on India's border (LAC).


Mr. Doval will be travelling to China on July 26 to attend the scheduled meeting of NSAs of BRICS nations where he will also hold the Special Representatives talks on resolving border disputes with China.

The CPI (M) said the Opposition will "fully support" the Centre in its efforts to resolve the India-China standoff in Doklam area through diplomatic channels.

"We said that on issues of national security and integrity of the country, we are with the government", Trinamool leader Derek O'Brien said.

Sources said the opposition was informed about the ground situation in Dokalam area and what the government meant to do to de-escalate the border tension. On 16 June, the Indian government claimed that a People's Liberation Army construction party was trying to build a road in Dhoka La, which Bhutan claims is part of its territory.

He also raised the issue of the overall internal security situation in the country in the wake of rising incidents of lynchings and vigilantism. "We have faith in the decisions being taken at the border", he told reporters here.

The stand-off between India and China is a effect of the latter trying to disturb the status-quo at the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam. However, Yechury suggested that New Delhi was "irritating" China through its recent moves to "appease" the US.

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