Sushma Swaraj: Doklam not only issue, solution will emerge through dialogue

With some members saying that the country should be ready for war, Sushma Swaraj reminded them that a standing army was there for such situations.

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: August 4, 2017 8:01 am
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Underlining that China has been contributing to India’s growing economic might, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Thursday said dialogue is the only way out of the Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at the trijunction with Bhutan and this should be seen in the context of the “entire bilateral relationship”. She ruled out war as an option, saying a solution can only be reached through dialogue.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, where she was replying to a discussion on India’s foreign policy, Swaraj said: “Hamari jo aarthik kshamta badh rahi hai, usme China ka yogdaan hai… unka yahan bahut zyada risk, stake hai… kitne zyada contract unhe diye huye hain (China has contributed to our growing economic strength. For them, there’s a lot at stake, risk here. They have been awarded many contracts).”

Pointing out that BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra had said that the government should negotiate with China not just on Doklam, but the entire relationship, she said, “We are not negotiating only on Doklam, we are talking about bilateral relations in entirety. And a solution will also emerge from it.” “As far as economic strength is concerned, China is one of the leading countries among major contributors and economic partners. That’s why Doklam is not the lone issue. So, a solution will definitely emerge if we engage in dialogue on bilateral relations.”

With some members saying that the country should be ready for war, Swaraj reminded them that a standing army was there for such situations. But even after a war, she said, a solution can only be arrived at through dialogue. She called for “patience” and “restraint” in dealing with the situation, and also the need for “restraint in statements”.

On Thursday, Chinese diplomats again said that patience was running thin in the Chinese establishment. They warned of consequences if Indian troops did not vacate what they call “Chinese territory”. A senior Chinese diplomat said there were 48 Indian soldiers at Doklam — Indian officials said 350 Indian soldiers were present there. During her reply in the House, Swaraj also took a swipe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. She said he had met the Chinese ambassador in New Delhi but had not bothered to first get the Indian government’s position on the Doklam issue.

“He should have first heard the Indian government’s view, and then should have confronted the Chinese envoy with facts. Instead, he met the Chinese ambassador to get facts on Doklam,” she said, remarks that were objected to by Anand Sharma of the Congress. Later, reading from a prepared statement, Swaraj referred to a 15-page statement of the Chinese government. “The Chinese side, in their recent document published on the website of their Foreign Ministry, had expressed commitment to maintaining peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas. India always believes that peace and tranquility in the India-China border is an important pre-requisite for smooth development of our bilateral relations.”

“We will continue to engage with the Chinese side through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution on the basis of the Astana Consensus between our leaders. I note the sense of the House is supportive in this regard. In keeping the traditional friendship with Bhutan, we will also continue to maintain close consultation and coordination with the Royal Government of Bhutan.”

“Our concerns emanate from Chinese action on the ground which have implications for the determination of the trijunction boundary point between India, China and Bhutan and the alignment of India-China boundary in the Sikkim sector.”

She said that both these aspects of trijunction points and India-China boundary alignment in the Sikkim sector had earlier been addressed in a written common understanding reached between the Special Representatives of India and China on the boundary question in December 2012. “Point 13 of the common understanding states that ‘The trijunction boundary points between India, China and third countries will be finalised in consultation with the concerned countries. Since 2012, we have not held any discussion on the trijunction with Bhutan. The Chinese action in the Doklam area is therefore of concern,” she said.

Swaraj also said: “We have noted that the Chinese side has selectively quoted parts of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s letter of 22nd March, 1959 pertaining to the India-China boundary in the Sikkim sector. A full and accurate account of that letter would have also brought out Prime Minister Nehru’s assertion that was clearly based on the boundary alignment as shown in our Indian published maps,” she said.

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    Ajay
    Aug 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    it seems that china purposely trying to come closer to tri- junction idea is take controll of arunachal pradesh in near future
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      Kushal Kumar
      Aug 5, 2017 at 6:54 am
      This Vedic astrology writer's alerts for more care and appropriate strategy for India during year 2017 in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" were issued widely to Indian news media last year in October - November 2016. While covering August -September or near about in year 2017 for India , the alert prediction reads like this : " AUGUST-SEPTEMBER OR NEAR ABOUT LOOKS TO BE PRESENTING WAR OR BIG TERROR , COULD ALSO BE THROUGH SEA". The place of India was indicated to be northern part like Leh Ladakh, which has come out to be somewhat indicative. This was with specific context of India only. Similar major worrisome concerns in the global context were expressed in this writer's article of 16 May 2017 - " Is World War III round the corner ?" - published in the Summer (June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer's Notebook , a quarterly print Newsletter from North Port , Florida.
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        Yulin Sun
        Aug 4, 2017 at 7:59 pm
        Are you deaf? China government has claimed many times there wouldn't talk until Indian army withdraw.
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          Aug 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm
          Take your business out of India! Withdraw your army to Tang time border.
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            Omar S
            Aug 11, 2017 at 7:05 am
            Stop drinking cow moot. Take a shower.
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          Sankaran Krishnan
          Aug 4, 2017 at 4:28 pm
          A well though out reply given by MES Sushma Swaraj and hats off to her and as well tearing the Opposition parties into pieces and the way Pappu Rahul behaved and if he is an real Indian he should have got the details from the Indian Govt. before meeting the Chinese Ambassador and should have cornered him with point and as well rebuttal immediately which is the real patriotism. China knows very well that it can't take risk and their Trade Businesses worth US$160 Billion will be at stake and also there are so many Contracts that are signed by the Chinese Companies in India which will suffer if it turns out as War which the so called anti-chest Biters failed to understand due to their brain drained and of course what else can be expected from them other than pitying them for their ignorance !!!
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            Devisahai Meena
            Aug 4, 2017 at 12:48 pm
            Blows come and (of fear) the ghost runs away . BJP totally on back foot . Why 56" chest shrinking to 6.5" ?
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              Aug 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm
              May be he doesn't want Indians to die or he does not know what to do!China has 3 million standing soldiers army with best equipment s and Indian Army has only one million s soldiers . As your wishes Mr. Modi should resign and Mr.Rahul should take over the soldier's command at once and personally go to border ! Once Chinese soldiers see Mr Rahul at Bhutan -China border then China will withdraw. Yova Raj Mr Rahul will rule India for 15 years with Mr. Ahmed Patel as a president and Mr Naryanaswami as a vice President and you as a Army general . After 15 years , cows will elect BJP party. Chinese soldiers in West Bengal will show a map to BJP's PM and claim Agra , Patna etc are part of China and Muslims in old Delhi and Kanpur will be throwing stones at police. You will be asking BJP PM " what cow chest PM is doing?"
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                Anonymous
                Aug 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm
                So no surgical strike?
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                  Devisahai Meena
                  Aug 4, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                  Naa Baabaa Naa .... 56" chest shrunk to 6'5" (of fear).
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                  Kushal Kumar
                  Aug 4, 2017 at 11:47 am
                  This Vedic astrology writer's alerts for more care and appropriate strategy for India during year 2017 in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" were issued widely to Indian news media last year in October - November 2016. While covering August -September or near about in year 2017 for India , the alert prediction reads like this : " AUGUST-SEPTEMBER OR NEAR ABOUT LOOKS TO BE PRESENTING WAR OR BIG TERROR , COULD ALSO BE THROUGH SEA". The place of India was indicated to be northern part like Leh Ladakh, which has come out to be somewhat indicative. This was with specific context of India only. Similar major worrisome concerns in the global context were expressed in this writer's article of 16 May 2017 - " Is World War III round the corner ?" - published in the Summer (June) 2017 issue of The Astrologer's Notebook , a quarterly print Newsletter from North Port , Florida.
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