Sikkim standoff: NSA Ajit Doval meets China’s Xi Jinping with BRICS counterparts

Sikkim standoff: The two countries are in the thick of a military standoff at Doklam, Sikkim, a trijunction laid claim to by India, China and Bhutan. Apart from Doval, security advisers from Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa are in Beijing for the BRICS security summit, which will continue for two days. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 6:26 pm
ajit doval, xi jinping, China, india, Sikkim, brics, brics security summit, beijing, chinese president, doklam standoff, indian express Sikkim standoff: Brazilian Institutional Security Minister Sergio Etchegoyen, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, South African Minister of State Security David Mahlobo and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Chinese officials a the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China July 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool)

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday in a group session which included Doval’s counterparts from other BRICS countries. The meeting did not end in the usual handshakes in front of media persons between dignitaries, news agency PTI said. The two countries are embroiled in over a month-long military standoff at Doklam in Sikkim sector. Apart from Doval, security advisers from Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa are in Beijing for the BRICS security summit, which will continue for two days.

Doval had a meeting with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi on Thursday, during which bilateral ties and “regional issues” were discussed, news agency Xinhua had reported. The meeting was the first high-level one since the beginning of the military standoff. China on Thursday acknowledged that Doval and his Chinese counterpart met on the sidelines of the BRICS NSAs meet during which they discussed “major problems” as well as bilateral ties. However, China made no mention of the Doklam standoff.

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On Thursday, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay had clarified India’s stand that the two neighbours should resolve all issues in a way “that they do not become disputes”.

Taking cues from PM Modi-Xi talks in Astana on June 9, Baglay said, “We have also mentioned our approach to the settlement of border… our approach is to resolve in a peaceful manner through discussions. There are established mechanisms to address the border issue.”

China had acknowledged the meeting but not made any mention about the standoff. It has not wavered from its original demand stating that Indian troops withdraw from the region without any conditions.

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    Ramesh Nittoor
    Jul 29, 2017 at 4:06 am
    It has not wavered from its original demand stating that Indian troops withdraw from the region without any conditions. --- They seem to have given an August 1st deadline to withdraw from Doklam. Japan is in internal turmoil with their Defence minister resignation and PM Abe popularity plummeting. Mr. Sharif is gone, and Pak military may do bidding for China. President Trump family has done several deals with Chinese, and the family has a great deal of influence over his decisions. There is unlikely to be any real executive support. Bhutan may not want any war in their territory. China has raised dust, shall not back down. Unless India has overwhelming superiority on the border, and Bhutan determined not to compromise, retreat is the only sensible option. In this retreat, India will sound civil and sensible in avoiding war. India has to find alternate ways to defend Siliguri corridor. Once India retreats, if China makes this road to no man land, it shall be burning several bridges.
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      Ramesh Nittoor
      Jul 29, 2017 at 4:31 am
      Those who talk in term of face saving formula or prestige issue, miss the basic point that war is worth fighting only for real strategic and political objectives, and it must be fought in a manner which are winnable. India has made a clear point with its standoff, and continuation of the road could spell end of BRICS or Indian withdrawal from Shanghai Conference. Already a senior functionary in SCO has raised doubts about India inclusion and consequent security vulnerability in an article in Global Times. If China is prepared to risk a cold war with India, it shall be mauled badly in economic terms, enabling India to close the gap. By not building the road further, they would be respecting Indian sensitivity and taking cognizance of Indian capabilities. A thoughtful India ought to make the first move to defuse impasse. In a similar impasse, Core leader Deng withdrew despite human losses in skirmishes with India and won global trust for peaceful rise. This trust built China of today
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      ramesh ahuja
      Jul 29, 2017 at 1:15 am
      If India can help ISI officer in NEPAL who was not paid money and was forced to ask help from India, we can also help Muhammad Riyaz, who is suffering mental problems and moving naked in his area.Will get new clothes and lots of food,we can put you outside JAMA MASJID.
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      1. Muhammad Riyaz
        Jul 28, 2017 at 10:49 pm
        AJIT DOVAL once landed in Lahore, Pakistan and there he stayed at DATA DARBAR as a BHIKARI-SPYMASTER for 7 years. His recent trip will be no different than his landing in Data Darbar. He will gain nothing, as a matter of fact, Chinese already told categorically that AJIT is the Mastermind behind DOKLAM issue, and Ajit's trip will be confined to BRICS and its peripherals. China will not even talk on Doklam unless India pulls out its forces back. Let's see what the 56 inches will do this time.
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          Christopher Hitchens
          Jul 29, 2017 at 12:07 am
          We all know you wished you Allah should have been sent. What a . You guys are born liars, you lie in the light of nature, you are afraid of the truth. Curse for the entire humanity.
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            Muhammed Shakoor
            Jul 29, 2017 at 12:19 am
            Are u from China ? A very authoritative assertion that China will not talk unless ...... Yes India will not So case closed. Now what about you Porkis ? The Chinese are your new masters Like us you did not have the guts to resist because you always depended on charity. First it was America, then Saudi Arabia and now China. So it is but natural that a slave will always support his master only. You are in such a pitiable state !!!
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            Blah.blah
            Jul 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm
            Bharat Mata is like Jhansi Rani Laxmibai. So Bharat Mata should go for a full fledged war with China. That is Sanghis' wish.
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              Dav
              Jul 28, 2017 at 11:03 pm
              And what's your wish? To get slapped around like we did for last 70 years?
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