Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Turning a deaf ear to China will not help India on Doklam

Turning a deaf ear to China will not help India on Doklam

Pakistan on Thursday accused India of committing 542 ceasefire violations in 2017 that killed 18 and said the "belligerent attitude" of its neighbour is a threat to regional peace and security.

India's foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay while addressing the media at New Delhi said that India is ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir under a bilateral framework.

"We shall ask the government to share full information about the background and situation on the Indo-China border as also on the Bhutan border where the stand-off continues". It is more interesting when China openly demonstrating hostility against India on worldwide forums and on India's border (LAC).

The Government of India is not apprehending worsening of the situation along the global border with China despite the face-off in the Doka La area in the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction and efforts are on at political and diplomatic level to resolve the issue.

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The Marxist leader said the "present border fracas" has assumed "greater salience" given the growing number of issues on which the two countries have differences, which he added, have "aggravated" after the Modi-led government was formed in 2014. The territory is also claimed by Bhutan. "It is likely that from time to time there are differences". Sources said the leaders were told that China kept changing its stand on the India-China-Bhutan trijunction.

"At a strategic level, China would like to separate India from Bhutan, they would like to open up Bhutan to their greater influence, that goes without saying", said Manoj Joshi, a strategic affairs analyst at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. India has joined the USA in its strategic designs in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean region which is aimed at containing China. At least two other longer-range Agni missiles are under development known as the Agni-4 and Agni-5, it said.

The road is said to have no economic objective, however, it does provide the Chinese troops an unprecedented advantage in the chicken's neck, a thin strip of land connecting India to its seven of its north-eastern states. Over the last weekend, China issued a travel advisory telling its nationals to be careful in India, capping weeks of sharp rhetoric that has included Chinese officials asking India to pull back troops.

Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ramvilas Paswan said: "All parties were agreed that there cannot be compromise on issue of national interest".

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