India is using Bhutan to stir up border tensions: Chinese Media

Children play on streets in a village near India China border

Children play on streets in a village near India China border

"There was a brief text that...said at the BRICS leaders' informal meeting at Hamburg on the sidelines of the G20 summit, the BRICS leaders had an informal meeting that was hosted by China".

The government was represented by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and top government officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

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.

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During the recent standoff in the Doklam region between China and India, India has claimed that the region in Yadong county, China's Tibet Autonomous Region, belongs to Bhutan and that China is trying to grab it, Global Times reported. "Otherwise, under India's logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country's army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir", stated an opinion piece Sunday.

"India's position of addressing all issues with Pakistan, including the Jammu and Kashmir issue, in a bilateral framework has not changed", said India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay. Anand Sharma of the Congress said, "National security is the priority of the Congress and we advised them to tackle the situation diplomatically, rising above politics for national interest". "India's current actions have not only encroached on China's territorial sovereignty, but also impaired the independence of Bhutan, one of the world's smallest countries, which is closely allied with India", the Xinhua commentary said.

O'Brien, while speaking to the media, said the government didn't give the Opposition the answers it was looking for.

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From the Congress, Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad attended the meeting.

The Royal Government of Bhutan's statement issued on June 29, said the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory was a direct violation of written agreements of 1988 and 1998 and affects the ongoing demarcation process between the two countries. "Everybody promised to support government", said Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the government conveyed about the efforts being carried out to resolve the dispute with China.

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China has repeatedly told India to withdraw its troops from the area for the month-long stand-off to end. "All of us know that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India, including Jammu and Kashmir". Pointing to China's "hostility and aggressive posturing ... both on our land borders and sea", Prakash says, "realpolitik demands India" ensure "a favourable regional balance-of-power through cooperation and partnerships; striking short-term alliances if necessary".

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