Opp backs Govt's approach to border face-off with China

Village near India China border

Village near India China border

India is developing long-range land-and sea-based missiles as part of the country's nuclear arsenal mordernisation, but with a focus on China, claimed two U.S. nuclear experts in a recently published article for a digital journal.

The People's Daily piece and the statements from the Chinese foreign ministry in the last two weeks, have rung alarm bells atop Raisina Hill.

MEA Spokesperson on Thursday made it clear that India would continue using its diplomatic channels to defuse border standoff with China in Doklam area.

The editorial said India saw China as a stumbling block in its bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group and Beijing had not helped to get Pakistan-based Masood Azhar on the terrorist list notified by the UN.

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Leaders of prominent opposition parties have been invited to the meeting where the two senior ministers will give a detailed presentation on the situation along the Sino-Indian border and Jammu and Kashmir and the government action, sources said.

The offer from the Chinese side came at a time when the armies of both the countries are locked in a bitter standoff over the Doklam plateau near the Bhutan trijunction. "Those channels will continue to be used", External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said when asked about the almost month-long stand off in Doklam.

China has a will to solve the problem peacefully by diplomatic means, and China also cherishes the peace and serenity in the border areas, but the precondition is that the trespassers of India must withdraw unconditionally.

The issue originated at a place called Dokalam, area near the Bhutan, Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Everyone said that they, across party lines, are with the government over the issue.

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They say India and Bhutan have long cherished ties - even sharing common Buddhist traditions - and they feel themselves more secure in the hands of India.

China had offered to play a "constructive role" in hosting talks to resolve the conflict, which has been the subject of two wars between the neighboring nuclear powers.

AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan, who represented the party at the meeting, said the response of government was satisfactory. India and China have said they do not intend to back down in this fight, leaving the burden of diplomacy on Bhutan whose foreign policy and defence are nominally handled by New Delhi.

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