India-china standoff: Congress hails Doklam truce but warns against claiming victory

“We have been consistently saying that there should be a meaningful engagement and a dialogue to end the standoff as early as possible. Today it has come to an end. It reflects maturity of both countries," CPI leader D Raja said

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 1, 2017 1:47 pm
doklam standoff, india china standoff, india china relations, sikkim border, congress, cpi, sushma swaraj, brics summit  Wang also commented on the Dokalam impasse and said that India admitted to entering Chinese territory. He asked India to conscientiously withdraw its troops from the area. (Representational image)

AS INDIA and China agreed to “expeditious disengagement” of border personnel at Doklam, Opposition Congress on Monday lauded the truce, saying there has been “maturity and wisdom” in reaching the understanding. The Congress said it was in the interest of both New Delhi and Beijing not to allow the situation to develop into a military conflict. The Left parties also welcomed the development.

The Congress, however, cautioned against claiming victory, saying that the matter should be treated with “gravitas and maturity”. “It is a wrong attitude to claim victory,” said senior Congress leader Anand Sharma. “Jingoism and euphoria can be counter-productive and can create complications which sometimes are difficult to control.”

At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said, “Just like you should not go into panic mode as soon as something happens… we should not go into rejoicing mode the moment a comment is received. I can only hope that this information which is coming is true, at least in the medium term if not long term, and the other conflicting information (that China would continue to patrol the area) is untrue.” He said, “China has been historically patrolling that area. So for China to claim they will continue to patrol the area, or for India to say that we will continue to patrol our borders is but normal practice. We should not read too much into it. What is important is…good sense appears to be prevailing.” The Congress said it would wait for the government to reveal the contours of the agreement.

Sharma said it was expected that a serious attempt would be made to end the standoff before the BRICS summit. “The two countries are large neighbours and big emerging economic powers… therefore, it is in the mutual interest of India and China not to allow a situation to develop into a military conflict. So there has been maturity and wisdom in reaching this understanding.”

The party said both countries should continue engaging with each other to find a permanent solution “in the light of the 2012 agreement between India, Bhutan and China about location of the trilateral junction and an agreement to maintain status quo.”  CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: “We welcome the disengagement at Doklam, ending current tensions. We call upon the government to concentrate on strengthening good neighbourly ties.”

CPI leader D Raja said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called him and informed about the development. “We have been consistently saying that there should be a meaningful engagement and a dialogue to end the standoff as early as possible. Today it has come to an end. It reflects maturity of both countries.”

G V L Narasimha Rao of the BJP said, “We have all along said the situation must be resolved through diplomatic engagement. The manner in which it has been resolved shows political sagacity.”

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  1. A
    Aug 30, 2017 at 3:50 am
    Very mature at ude of govts from bort countries. jingoism is harmful.
    1. W
      Aug 29, 2017 at 10:49 am
      Anand Sharma and his boss Rahulbaba demeaned the people of India when they went with their tails tucked between their legs to pay respects to the Chinese Ambassador. Paying heed to their advise is like taking advise from the village on how to run the village- not required.
      1. J
        Aug 29, 2017 at 10:41 am
        Livng In poverty but big mouth, complacency, Invade other, From 1962 to 2017, India never change.
        1. A
          A villager
          Aug 29, 2017 at 10:05 am
          Who is interested to see what Congress or Leftist have to say on this issue? It is tight slap on JNU's 1962 b er.
          1. S
            Aug 29, 2017 at 8:07 am
            While Khangress suggestion to the government of 'not claiming victory' is a sound one, rest of their story about their own back-patting is frivolous. They should understand that howsoever hard they may try to project themselves as the "I-told-you-so" types, but is anyone listening? ...let alone convinced. Their rest of the stupid -pitch has drowned their sound advise.
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