Interestingly, the announcement for the second informal summit comes just two days before the summit, unlike in 2018, when the announcement of the informal Wuhan summit between Modi and Xi was announced five days before the event on April 27 and 28.
The Chinese officials also accused the Indian side of damaging its road building equipment when a road laying party left its equipment in Tuting in December last year following a protest by India. The Indian Army rejected those allegations as well, reported PTI.
Officials on both sides say that Nirmala Sitharaman's visit would send a strong signal to the international community about the positive traction of the Sino-Indian ties, setting aside last year's bilateral tensions over a host of issues including the Dokalam standoff.
In his note to secretaries and heads of government departments, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha said participation in the events to mark the start of 60 years in exile of the Dalai Lama “should be discouraged” and “accordingly, you are requested to ensure appropriate action in the matter”.
Alyssa Ayres, who served in the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department, made the remarks last week in New York during the launch of her latest book 'Our Time Has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World'.
"Some Indian media have carried reports about the military buildup and infrastructure building in the area. They are very excited about it," the ministry said talking about the construction activity in Doklam area