Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

India rejects China's offer to play role on Kashmir

India rejects China's offer to play role on Kashmir

Asked whether the border stand-off was raised by Modi with Xi in Hamburg, Ministry of External Affairs" official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, "I would leave it to your imagination and common sense on what should be covered in "range of issues'".

Former Indian foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh said: "Mr Modi has built up this tough image back home to defend interests and punish those harming India".

An editorial in the CPI-M journal People's Democracy has also blamed India's growing strategic ties with the U.S. for the deteriorating relations with China.

The decision to address the meeting was taken after the nation was hounded on both sides, by Pakistan and China.

In the meeting, the government also briefed opposition parties on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir where seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag.

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The all-party meeting is an effort on part of the government to reach out to the Opposition and apprise its leaders of the situation in Kashmir in the wake of Amarnath attack as well as impasse in Doklam area of Sikkim after Indian troops stopped construction of road by their Chinese counterparts.

As India resolves to dissolve the Sikkim sector border standoff with Beijing through diplomatic channels, all eyes are on National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's likely visit to China for BRICS NSAs' meeting on 27 and 28 July.

Last month, China allegedly claimed the tri-junction Doklam area, shared between India-Bhutan-China, "undoubtedly" is located on its side of the border as per the 1890 Sino-British Treaty. It is hard to say the same for India at this stage that appears to have moved into a direct confrontation with China as per its muscular diplomatic policy, with the belief that it would have ample wriggle room to get out of a messy situation.

Several Opposition leaders as well as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been criticising the way the Government has handled China and Kashmir issues. He said the Chinese maneuvers by trying to construct roads in Doklam region is not only a violation of the 1998 Bhutan-China bilateral agreement for maintaining peace on the border, but also a veiled threat to cut off the national capital from the gateway for import of food and other materials from India.

Moving further with their article Kristensen and Norris said that the two-stage, solid- fuel, rail-mobile Agni-2, an improvement on the Agni-1, which can deliver a nuclear or conventional warhead more than 2,000 kilometres is probably targeted on western, central, and southern China. The government said the 1959 letter written by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to his counterpart Zhou Enlai was being quoted "out of context" by China.

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