NSA Ajit Doval arrives in Beijing as Sikkim standoff continues

NSA Ajit Doval arrives in Beijing as Sikkim standoff continues

NSA Ajit Doval arrives in Beijing as Sikkim standoff continues

The Doklam standoff is likely to dominate Doval's agenda and he is expected to speak to China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi to find a solution to the month-long standoff.

"Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi Thursday met separately with senior security representatives from South Africa, Brazil and India", Xinhua reported.

He discussed issues concerning bilateral relations, global and regional issues and multilateral affairs with the visiting security officials, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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. Bhutan, according to the press release, had conveyed to China, both on the ground and through the diplomatic channel, that the construction of the road in its territory was "a direct violation of the agreements between China and Bhutan signed in 1988 and 1998". India vehemently protested the construction, fearing it would allow China to cut India's access to its northeastern states.

Sushma said the issue is due to the "tri-junction point that is between India, China and Bhutan" and that if Beijing unilaterally tries to change the status quo at the tri-junction, then it will pose a threat to New Delhi's security.

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

Mr Doval will also call on Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow along with fellow top security officials of the BRICS countries.

Foreign minister Wang Yi told reporters Bangkok earlier this week the "problem was very straightforward" and "even Indian officials publicly said that Chinese soldiers didn't enter the Indian territory". He once again said China will not hold any meaningful dialogue without Indian troops' withdrawal. "So India has admitted it crossed into the Chinese territory", said Wang.

Ministry spokesman Wu also said that China's road project in the Doklam region was "appropriate and legal", adding that it was New Delhi that had violated Chinese sovereignty.

India asserted today that it wanted to strengthen its relations with China and called to resolve their differences on the so-called Astana consensus, reached in 2014, during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. And the troops from the both sides should withdraw as Doklam belongs to its ally Bhutan.

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