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Doval's China visit may help resolve Doklam standoff

Doval's China visit may help resolve Doklam standoff

"If China unilaterally changes the status quo of the tri-junction, it becomes a matter of security concern for India", she said, referring to the area where the three countries meet.

A columnist from the state-run Global Times recently claimed that under India's "logic" to stall the Chinese road construction in Doklam, "a third country's Army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir".

He further said that reportedly some Centre government officials are in contact with China to solve the issue.

The stand-off has hit India-China ties with Chinese experts threatening a war if New Delhi did not buckle. China has repeatedly said the withdrawal of troops from Doka La was the precondition for any "meaningful dialogue" with India over the festering border row in the Sikkim section of the border. The minister told parliament that "both sides must pull back troops and work things out with talks" while stressing that India's action is motivated by its need to protect its security. "There has been no hostility on the ground at Doklam despite the continued standoff", points out Kantha. "If New Delhi remains stubborn, India should get prepared for all possibilities from a potentially grave escalation of tension in the future", the daily warned. It is true that at the instance of some global powers, India has embarked upon a policy of encirclement of China, considering it an enemy and military and economic rival. China will by no means agree to the withdrawal of troops from both sides in order for talks to be held. "It is called the "inch-by-inch" strategy, where the aim is not to obtain territory overnight, but gradually over 10-15 years".

"We would encourage them to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions", Nauert said. She also said that India is in favour of a peaceful solution to the problem at Doklam. It also states that India underestimated China in 1962 and that it hopes that India won't repeat the mistake.

The daily has made an interesting comment that while India was harbouring deep strategic suspicion towards China, Beijing is pursuing "String of Pearls" to encircle China. Conversely, Sushma said that the boundaries between India and China are yet to be finalised and the two nations will do that bilaterally through a mechanism already set up, while the same between China and Bhutan too will be done through talks. China's anger and frustration with India flow from the latter's readiness to respond strongly to the diplomatic and security challenges that Beijing poses, while signalling that it is open to dialogue to settle issues causing tensions.

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