Congress urges Centre to resolve India-China border stand-off diplomatically

Congress urges Centre to resolve India-China border stand-off diplomatically

The Opposition is likely to raise the Kashmir and China standoff issues during Parliament's Monsoon Session that begins on Monday.

Bhutan is closely allied with India, but has been the target of Chinese encroachment on its border in the high Himalayas.

O'Brien, while speaking to the media, said the government didn't give the Opposition the answers it was looking for. "India's current actions have not only encroached on China's territorial sovereignty, but also impaired the independence of Bhutan, one of the world's smallest countries, which is closely allied with India", the Xinhua commentary said.

The government also briefed the leaders on the attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag in which seven Amarnath pilgrims were shot dead by militants when they returning from the shrine. Rajiv Gauba, who will take over as Home Secretary on August 30, was also present. So, we had to ask some hard questions.

The MPs were briefed that 2.2 lakh pilgrims visited Amarnath past year while so far 1.86 lakh have already visited the cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

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China-India border tension: Rajanth Singh, Sushma to brief Opposition

On China, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said the government told the leaders that it will tackle the situation with dialogue. "It is well known that the McMahon Line is completely illegal and has never been recognised by successive Chinese governments".

Sources said the opposition was informed about the ground situation in Dokalam area and what the government meant to do to de-escalate the border tension. New Delhi on Thursday said India will use diplomatic channels with China to resolve Dokalam standoff and will not compromise on the issue. "Everybody promised to support government", said Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan.

Singh had hosted a meeting with the opposition leaders on Friday. This was because it was painfully aware that a key U.S. strategic aim is to harness India to its anti-China offensive and feared an aggressive response would only drive New Delhi into Washington's welcoming embrace.

Another resident, Dorji Tshering said the ongoing standoff on the Bhutan border between Indian and Chinese troops is a matter of concern.

The outreach comes in the wake of a terror attack on pilgrims of Amarnath yatra on Monday, in which six pilgrims were killed and the increasing shrillness from Beijing on the Dokalam stand-off. Four districts of the state - Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and Anantnag - have been on the boil since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016. The unrest has resumed since the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat. Since Monday, all of China's top state-run media platforms, through opinions, editorials and expert interviews, warned India of "consequences", slowing down of growth, the dangers of politicising the Dalai Lama and criticism from the global community.

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