Reduce tension through direct dialogue:Pentagon to India,China

Posted July 23, 2017

"She was lying to the parliament", an editorial in the Global Times said".

Ahead of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval's visit to Beijing on July 27-28, a Chinese analyst has opined that Doval's visit may help resolve the standoff between India and China over the Doklam border issue. 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. A pragmatic way out of the current impasse is that Beijing and New Delhi agree to tri-logue involving Bhutan, and work out the boundary in the Doklam area as per the 2012 agreement. China's sincerity also became evident in the latest stand off, as Beijing did not respond in the same coin to provocations by India.

Lu said Indian troops "illegally trespassed into Chinese territory".

Bhutan recognises Doklam as its area while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

"India should abandon the fantasy of a long-term standoff at Doklam".

"Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded and the withdrawal of the Indian border troops is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue and the communication between the two sides", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a press conference. "The Chinese geologists studied the river and then used stones and boulders to change its course in such a way that the river ate into Vietnamese territory".

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday said China was trying to spread its influence but India was doing everything to protect its interests. "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 called the "inch-by-inch" strategy, where the aim is not to obtain territory overnight, but gradually over 10-15 years". Similarly, when the Chinese intruded the Sumdorong Chu area in Arunachal Pradesh in 1986, they faced a measured, but strong Indian reaction. "Confrontation is in the territory of China, and India must unilaterally withdraw", it said, adding that the Chinese government would never allow China's public sentiment to be violated. "This is the first real India-China standoff in a third country". "We hope this time New Delhi does not repeat the same mistake", it concluded. The disputed region remains a subject of inconclusive and continuing negotiations between China and Bhutan.

"This is a situation that we are following closely and carefully". According to Chinese officials, Doval and Yang may continue with informal talks in coming days. We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions.