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The briefing was jointly held by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and was attended by leaders of 19 political parties.

During a meeting with the opposition leaders on Friday, Singh said that the question of talks has not been ruled out.

The English tabloid Global Times - functioning under the People's Daily - in a series of articles published since Sunday alleged that Indian troops had crossed into China's Doklam area in the name of helping Bhutan, claimed Indian leaders were using the incident to "appease" domestic and worldwide audiences and warned against using the "Dalai Lama card" amid the border row. India and China are in a standoff at the border and the government is looking for ways to sort out the issue.

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that government said that they will tackle the situation through dialogues and they also gave a clarification on the security lapses.

'In order to protect the border troops in Zero Bridge area of China, in order to restore their contact with the rear, China will have to take necessary precautions, don't blame us that we didn't warn you, ' the editorial says.

In Jammu and Kashmir, seven pilgrims were killed by militants in Anantnag district while returning from Amarnath cave shrine last Monday. "There is too much of tension (with China) and that should be lowered through diplomacy".

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"The Centre convened all party meeting where we made our stand clear on behalf of Indian National Congress". Qian's statement comes after Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visited the region and said that India was ready to deal with China, Pakistan and internal security issues.

On the China issue, sources said that the government maintained that it wanted good relations with its neighbours but did not want to compromise on the country's security and strategic interests. The Opposition was also informed about the increased security measures put in place, including along the border and LoC, to contain violence in the Valley following the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander.

According to The Diplomat, many analysts believe that India played a crucial role in Bhutan's 2013 elections, using its economic clout to sway election results and change people's view of the ruling party.

The Opposition parties appreciated the government's efforts to take them into confidence on these critical issues.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the meeting of all parties. While the opposition leaders supported India's stand, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury asked the government to "introspect" whether its policies on the Dalai Lama and military exercises with the United States and Japan had contributed to the tensions. "They have promised to support government over the issue".

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