India Favors Defensing Relations with China Despite Differences

India Favors Defensing Relations with China Despite Differences

The People's Daily: While some Indian political figures want to win global support by making irresponsible remarks on the military standoff along China-India border, Chinese experts said that China would make no compromise on the territorial issues, but the upcoming visit of Indian national security advisor for the BRICS summit in September might ease the tensions.

China's State Councillor Yang separately met senior security representatives from South Africa, Brazil and India and "set forth China's position on bilateral issues and major problems", Xinhua said. Xinhua said Yang also met separately with NSAs of Brazil and South Africa.

At the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China, Doklam is of high strategic importance to all three.

Geo-politically described as "a ham between two rocks", youth of tiny Himalayan nation Bhutan fear their country - that places happiness over anything else - would have to bear the trauma of a China-India war if the stand-off between the Asian giants does not get de-escalated.

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The NSA meet, where the five-nation bloc traditionally discusses counterterrorism and security issues, assumes significance in view of the dragging border row between India and China. About the BRICS NSAs meeting, Lu told media that "the meeting on security issues is a major platform for BRICS countries to discuss and conduct cooperation in politics and security fields". "In other words, (the) Indian side admitted (crossing) into Chinese territory". Indian troops halted the work in June, leading to the crisis. The Indian army had stopped the Chinese army from crossing the Indo-Bhutan-China border, after which China and India's army face-to-face for more than a month.

This is the first time in weeks that the official media ran a commentary without demanding withdrawal of Indian troops from the disputed Doklam region. "India must conscientiously pull back its troops", said a statement in Chinese quoting Wang.

India said it acted in coordination with Bhutan to oppose the road construction, which "would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications". "I want to stress that this is precondition for any meaningful talks between the two sides".

He further said as per the second component, the differences between India and China should be addressed in a manner that is does not become a dispute.