China border row will be resolved peacefully, opposition told

China border row will be resolved peacefully, opposition told

During a briefing on Friday at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence, the Opposition parties asked the central ministers present to make efforts to de-escalate the tension with Beijing and keep diplomatic channels open to resolve the crisis, said sources.

Using maps and a power-point presentation, Jaishankar told Opposition leaders that although the dispute is between China and Bhutan, the Chinese are constructing roads near the global border, which affects India's strategic interests, said sources.

On the standoff between the armies of India and China in the Doka La area, the spokesperson said diplomatic channels would continue to be used for a resolution. We have embassies in both countries. The Home Ministry apparently told the leaders that China is encroaching into the territory of the country.

While the meeting was largely around the Chinese issue, the opposition also had some questions relating to Jammu and Kashmir.

Sharad Pawar, also a former defence minister, said India could borrow a leaf from China and be patient in resolving the face-off without resorting to hasty actions.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien said his party raised "some serious questions" and claimed that government had no answer to his question on preparedeness for such incidents.

According to The Diplomat, many analysts believe that India played a crucial role in Bhutan's 2013 elections, using its economic clout to sway election results and change people's view of the ruling party.

Sitaram Yechury, CPI (M): Govt said that they'll tackle the situation through dialogues. The top ministers told the opposition leaders that Doval will be visiting China on July 26-27 and will put forward before Chinese interlocutors India's position, they said.

Early in June, Indian soldiers stopped Chinese troops from constructing a new road that Delhi has described as a major security concern because it gives China access to the Chicken's Neck - a thin strip of land that connects mainland India to its seven north-eastern states.

He also raised the issue of the overall internal security situation in the country in the wake of rising incidents of lynchings and vigilantism. "All of us know that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India, including Jammu and Kashmir". Beijing seeks to claim 495 square kilometers in eastern Bhutan and 286 square km in the western sector, which includes the Doklam Plateau and even offered to swap territory to gain access to the Doklam Plateau.

India is estimated to have produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium, sufficient for 150-200 nuclear warheads; however, not all the material has been converted into nuclear warheads, they said.

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