Andrew Small, an expert on China and its relations with Pakistan and the US discusses the wider context to the ongoing standoff at Doklam.
“We continue to engage with China through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.
China has said that it has shown “utmost goodwill” over the prolonged military standoff with India in the Sikkim sector but warned that its “restraint” has a “bottom line”.
Patience, control on comments and diplomacy can resolve problems, said the external affairs minister in Parliament on Thursday.
Former chief election commissioners believe that it will spark anger among migrant workers who have long asked for a similar option.
Senior Chinese diplomat also said that though Indian troops levels at the stand-off point are down to 40, “even if there is one single soldier in Doklam, that is a violation of Chinese territory and that is intolerable.”
While acknowledging that India has reduced troops at Doklam, China has released a 15-page document on the current stand off.
Last month, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take place.
At the event, also attended by Bhutan’s ambassador to India, a senior Chinese military officer said there were “new complexities” in China’s ties with India.
The Modi government must guard against ‘sleepwalking’ into conflict.
Syria’s ambassador to India Riad Kamel Abbas said an Indian delegation has made several trips to Syria and Iraq in the past to seek information about them.
In terms of geo-political strategy, Sri Lanka’s economic dependency on China and the precedent it has set, Indian experts are apprehensive of the growing Sri Lanka-China relationship.
Ajit Doval held talks with his Chinese counterpart and state councillor Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the BRICS NSA’s meeting.
As per the official programme, Doval will also call on Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow along with fellow top security officials of the BRICS countries.
Trump’s actions have appeared to halt years of efforts to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexual orientation.
Worldwide, hydropower projects are running into problems and being scaled back, but India is doing the opposite in what appears to be a determination to maximise the benefits of the Indus Waters Treaty.
The external affairs minister said she had never misled parliament or the families of the abducted Indians.
The best way to pay homage to those who lost their lives fighting in Kargil is to remember what was learnt and incorporate that in future practice – something India is yet to do.
Bhutan may be a ‘small’ nation but it is as concerned about the sanctity of its territory and way of life as any other sovereign state.
“The Indian side admitted to entering the Chinese territory. The solution to this problem is very simple: conscientiously withdraw,” foreign minister Wang Yi was quoted saying.
As the Doklam stand-off continues, is Nepal set to make another foreign policy shift away from India and towards China, as it did in the 1960s?
Ibrahim Al-Eshaiker Al-Jaafari said that there was also no evidence to show that the missing had ever been in Badush jail near Mosul, as Sushma Swaraj has claimed.
How have the Indian and Chinese media been covering the Doklam standoff?
The CPI(M) cannot remain silent as China seeks to unilaterally re-wire multilateral rules and norms for Asia and beyond.
The Congress has claimed Sushma Swaraj has misled the families of the missing labourers by saying they were in a jail in Iraq, although the jail appears to have been destroyed three months ago.
The stand-off on a plateau next to Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbours, who share a 3,500 km frontier.
If India wants to play the larger game of countervailing Chinese power, it must confront Beijing’s moves to narrow its strategic space in the neighbourhood.
On Thursday, Swaraj had told Rajya Sabha that India’s position to end the stand-off at Doklam was for both the countries to withdraw their troops.
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Today, as two Asian powers face off with Bhutan at the centre of this delicate situation, the outcome will show whether the Asian century has a chance to be a peaceful one, or whether it will replay the violence of the colonial period.
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While the move is unlikely to lead to any great policy change, it is time the citizens of both countries came together to encourage the resolution of all bilateral issues through dialogue.
In its weekly press briefing the MEA was reluctant to answer whether Bhutan “formally” asked for India’s intervention before Indian soldiers crossed the border.
Nepal’s position is such that it stands to suffer when India and China get close, and even when they drift apart.
While India has been assertive in protecting interests it considers vital to its security posture in the region, New Delhi remain cagey when it comes to drawing lines on a map.
She also accused China of building roads using bulldozers and excavators, which has been protested by Bhutan in writing to China.
Not only are fishermen punished harshly for crossing a border they cannot see, once detained they are treated like prisoners of war by the other country.
Fakhri Hassan Al Issa, however, said that he could not confirm the presence of 39 Indian hostages in Iraq or if they were even alive.
I get the feeling Swaraj is more concerned about looking tough in the eyes of her countrymen than acting sagaciously in the interests of her country.
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