India seeking peaceful resolution of issues with China: MEA

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"All countries are supporting us on this issue", she said.

On day 4 of the monsoon session of Parliament, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the Rajya Sabha on the continuing standoff with China on the trijunction of Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet at Doklam.

The Op-ed article in the Global Times claimed that the Indian action to stop Chinese troops from building a road near the Doklam plateau was a "blatant infringement on China's sovereignty". According to a statement released by the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indian personnel "approached the Chinese construction party and urged them to desist from changing the status quo". We had said that in keeping with tradition of maintaining close consultation on matters of mutual interest, the royal government of Bhutan and the government of India have been in close contact on these unfolding developments, that is what happened on June 16 and thereafter. China has also built roads capable of carrying heavy loads, starting from Lhasa and connecting with the 11 important bridges over the Tsangpo, and further with LAC. This, on one hand, has enhanced his prestige and ability to control the country, but on the other, has made India more subject to the influence of conservatives, thus hampering reform.

NDTV said the road would give China access to the Chicken's Strip - a thin strip of land that connects mainland India to its seven northeastern states.

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The commentary said that "regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have crossed the border, New Delhi has continued its provocation".

"Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded and the withdrawal of the Indian border troops is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue and the communication between the two sides", Lu said.

Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. "But since this deals with the tri-junction point it affects our security position", Swaraj said. Amid the standoff, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval would be in Beijing on July 27-28 to attend a meeting of the NSAs from BRICS nations. This is evident in two broad ways", said the report titled "India's Connectivity with its Himalayan Neighbours: "Possibilities and Challenges". "Their (China's) intention was to reach the tri-junction so that they could unilaterally end the status of the tri-junction".

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