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Centre briefs all-party MPs on standoff with China

15 Juillet 2017

Leaders of prominent opposition parties including the Congress are present at the meeting being held at Rajnath's residence.

Earlier, Chinese news agency Xinhua said that India seeks to obstruct border negotiations between China and Bhutan in the Doklam area and is not entitled to make claims on behalf of Bhutan.

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.

Asked if his remarks on diplomatic resolution of Doklam stand off indicated any shift in Chinese demand for withdrawal of Indian troops from the area, he said India has already outlined its position on the issue.

This trip of Ajit Doval can be a very crucial one as the 21-days old border dispute between both the countries can be resolved in this meeting. The Home Ministry apparently told the leaders that China is encroaching into the territory of the country.

Another Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, "The discussions were also on the terrorist attack that took place on Amarnath pilgrims. The Congress would fully cooperate with the government on issues relating to national security", AICC media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

The importance of India and China to remain engaged through diplomacy was underlined at a briefing by senior Union ministers to political parties on the situation in Dokalam, the External Affairs Ministry said.

The Government informed the Opposition that it was confident of resolving the issue through diplomatic channels and discussions, they added.

Referring to China, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said national interest was paramount, but the government needs to engage China in negotiations.

Emboldened by the strategic support and new weapons it has received from the US, India's BJP government has pursued an increasingly hardline policy against Pakistan.

Headlined "If this can be tolerated, what cannot?", the editorial from September 22, 1962, short of a month before the 1962 Sino-Indian war broke out, stated that the "Chinese people would not tolerate the provocation by the Indian Army", according to a People's DailyOnline article titled "People's Daily to India: Borderline is bottom line".

He also raised the issue of the overall internal security situation in the country in the wake of rising incidents of lynchings and vigilantism.

He told this IANS visiting correspondent that Chinese "ulterior motives" of developing infrastructure along the Bhutanese border is risky for this nation, though it's guarded naturally by the mighty mountains. This was because it was painfully aware that a key USA strategic aim is to harness India to its anti-China offensive and feared an aggressive response would only drive New Delhi into Washington's welcoming embrace. India is opposing mediation and is not interested or serious in bilateral talks then question arises what option is there to sort out differences?

Centre briefs all-party MPs on standoff with China