Sikkim standoff: Chinese media recalls 1962 India China war

Posted July 15, 2017

China has rejected India's peace overture over the ongoing stand-off at the border near Sikkim and even offered to mediate on Kashmir issue involving Pakistan.

China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. "Those channels will continue to be used", External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said when asked about the almost month-long stand off in Doklam.

The government also felt the need for such as meeting as the Opposition has been very critical of the government's handling of the China and Kashmir situations.

The confrontation between India and China over the strategic Doklam region of Bhutan has the potential to flare up into the most serious tension between the two Asian giants since their 1962 Himalayan war.

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.

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India, which has a military presence in Bhutan, says its troops approached a Chinese army unit that entered the Doklam area of the Himalayan nation on June 16 and tried to build a road.

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On Jammu and Kashmir, government's chief spokesman Frank Noronha said the basic objective of the meeting was to apprise the MPs from different parties of the situation following the attack on Amarnath yatris on July 10. "The Modi government must realise that there is no alternative to settling the recurring disagreements on the border except through negotiations which have a time-tested framework", Karat said.

Jaishankar was responding to questions on the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector at a lecture on 'India-ASEAN and the Changing Geopolitics'. Sources said the meeting was part of the government's initiative to get the Opposition on board and evolve a broad consensus on these critical issues.

On China, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said the government told the leaders that it will tackle the situation through dialogue. It was yet another move by China to corner India and to help its friend Pakistan's position.