China was “very shrill” in its media comments on Doklam standoff but India kept quiet and that has worked, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba Tuesday said. The Navy chief was responding to a question from the press on the sidelines of a day-long session on ‘Social Media and the Armed Forces’.
“They have been very shrill in their comments. We have used it in a different way, where we have kept quiet. And, that has worked for us,” he said, when asked about China’s media campaign on Doklam issue. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had yesterday said that both the countries have agreed to an “expeditious disengagement” at the face-off site in Doklam following diplomatic communications.
The development came a week before the BRICS summit in China which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In Beijing, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, however, sought to highlight the withdrawal of Indian troops to dispel the impression of a climbdown by China.
The official, while stonewalling questions about India’s announcement of the disengagement of troops, claimed its soldiers continued to patrol the area. Lanba, when asked about the current situation, only said that the MEA has given the statement and “I have nothing more to add to that”.
Senior officials from the three armed forces attended the session which was inaugurated by the Navy chief. Experts from social media giants Facebook and Twitter, and software bellwether IBM also delivered talks on harnessing the power of social media and using it for constructive engagement.