Sikkim standoff continues: India sticks to its guns on Chinese diplomacy!

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On the other hand, the Government of India has been trying to resolve the issue through political and diplomatic means and we refrained from issuing strong media statements on the issue.”.

"It must be underlined that Bhutan has been negotiating with China directly on its border issues since 1984".

India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay has made it clear that India is, "ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan. but in a bilateral framework", ANI reported on Thursday.

The government had convened the meeting with opposition parties as well as allies ahead of the Parliament session beginning on Monday to brief them about the situation on the China border as well as in Jammu and Kashmir. It alleged that the differences between India and China have "aggravated" after the Modi government came to power and blamed the Centre's strategic alliance with the United States for the "divergence".

India has repeatedly ignored China's call for pulling its border-crossing troops from Doklam area back to its own territory.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Geng Shuang on Wednesday maintained that the ongoing stand-off between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam was different from "previous frictions" between the two countries.

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China and India have been engaged in the stand-off in the Doklam area for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road at Doklam.

"The Sikkim section of the China-India boundary has been defined by the Convention between Great Britain and China Relating to Sikkim and Tibet (1890)", and both Chinese and Indian governments have repeatedly acknowledged it, Geng noted. "It is likely that from time to time there are differences".

Opposition leaders have been critical of the government for its handling of the China and Kashmir issues.

Mulayam Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party told the MPs that India should be wary of China as it was a "dhokebaaz (traitor) country".

The CPI-M quoted Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar as saying that India and China must not allow differences to become disputes.

Azad also said that all opposition parties have assured the government that when it comes to territorial integrity of the country they all stand united. Karat said India has been seeking to join the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) on a priority basis and considers China as the "stumbling block" for this goal. Anand Sharma of the Congress said, "National security is the priority of the Congress and we advised them to tackle the situation diplomatically, rising above politics for national interest".

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