“And then India and China, at a practical level also, neither one has the ability to destroy others.” Dalai Lama also said that both the countries across the border have more than two billions of people together and though they might have differences, they share the Nalanda thoughts.
Mocking Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as a candidate who is “out on bail,” Modi said, “And they had the audacity to release their manifesto promising zero tolerance for corruption.”
Calling the security concerns of India and Bhutan as “indivisible and mutual” — without naming China — President Kovind conveyed deep appreciation for the King’s “personal involvement” and guidance, and the support provided by Bhutan in addressing the Doklam situation.
Xi Jinping’s comments assume significance in the backdrop of the recent military standoff between India and China in Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector.
Despite of repeated attempts to establish a peace, India should prepare itself to tackle the state sponsored terrorism, Virendra Gupta said as he sought a multi fold increase in investments in intelligence to counter the terrorism by India.
The ministry officials said that it was the standoff between the two countries in Bhutan’s Dokalam area between June 16 and August 28 this year that seems to have derailed the project.
On the Dokalam stand-off, V K Singh said he was thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for finding a diplomatic solution to the issue.
India and China stepped back from the standoff at Doklam on the Sikkim border five weeks ago but a report published in Indian Express said that 1000 Chinese troops were still present near the site of the faceoff.
On August 28, when the Doklam standoff ended, the MEA had issued two statements, the second of which, in the evening, made clear that India and China had withdrawn their troops.
“Some Chinese citizens visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which are restricted areas for foreigners, without gaining permits from India. Some tourists were asked to return upon arrival. Some were even arrested or investigated,” the statement read.
This is the first time since 2005 that there was no border personnel meeting (BPM) held on the India-China border.
When tensions rose between the two sides, the Chinese had built up their presence to a size that exceeded a division opposite Sikkim. The Indian Army had also matched the build-up but did not feel the need to get troops close to the border due to the shorter distance
Asked if both the countries have left behind the Doklam episode, Zhanwu said, “Yes we have left that behind and are working together to take forward the bilateral relationship”.
Indian and Chinese troops faced off for more than two months at Doklam plateau near Sikkim which has been claimed by both China and Bhutan.
At 14,200 feet, Nathu La is an important pass on the Tibet-Sikkim border through which passes the old Gangtok-Yatung-Lhasa trade route. Chinese and Indian soldiers are deployed barely 30 metres apart — the closest they are anywhere along the 3,488 km Sino-Indian border.