Doval, Yang hold talks amid Sikkim standoff

Ahead of NSA Doval's visit, is China relenting on Doklam dispute?

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday affirmed that India would like to strengthen its relationship with China and the issues between both the countries will be solved on the basis of Astana consensus.

"When China is trying to enter our territory and tension is continuing, in such situation all citizens, government and non-government organisations should stop using "Made in China" products".

Referring to talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Astana last month, he said both sides had agreed that Sino-India ties are a factor of stability at a time of global uncertainty, as per PTI.

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Today, Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval will reach Beijing to attend the Brics two day security meet.

Geo-politically described as "a ham between two rocks", youth of tiny Himalayan nation Bhutan fear their country - that places happiness over anything else - would have to bear the trauma of a China-India war if the stand-off between the Asian giants does not get de-escalated. Doval's visit is being watched closely, particularly his likely bilateral meeting with China's state councillor Yang Jiechi with whom he could discuss the ongoing standoff in Doklam. He once again said China will not hold any meaningful dialogue without Indian troops' withdrawal.

Doklam or Dongalong, a territory that has been recognised and claimed as technically under Chinese territory, stands as a disputed land that has also been claimed by Bhutan, which objected to Chinese construction in the area. He concluded, "The solution to this issue is very simple: conscientiously withdraw". "Both China and India need to enhance communication and nurture trust between them, first by recognizing that the two are not born rivals and that harboring ill will against each other is risky", Xinhua added.

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Earlier this week, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said, "China and India have a smooth diplomatic channel". "In other words, (the) Indian side admitted (crossing) into Chinese territory". Whether India relents or takes the relations through another course remains to be seen.

"China hopes to maintain the peace and stability of the China-India border area, but certainly will not make any compromise on issues of territorial sovereignty", Reuters cited Lu as saying.

While the second component is that the differences between India and China should be addressed in a manner that they do not become disputes.

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