Differences should not become disputes, says MEA on Doklam standoff

New Delhi is in “close contact” with the Bhutan government on the unfolding developments.

July 20, 2017 05:22 pm | Updated December 03, 2021 12:40 pm IST - New Delhi

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay

India on Thursday made a renewed pitch for a “peaceful resolution” of the Doklam standoff with China through diplomatic channels, and stressed that “differences” should not become “disputes“.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay told reporters that New Delhi was in “close contact” with the Bhutan government on the unfolding developments.

“India’s approach is to have a peaceful resolution of issues on border with China,” he said, underlining the understanding at the Astana (capital city of Kazakhsta) meeting that differences between India and China should not be allowed to become disputes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in June in Astana.

“So, it is obvious that every responsible power, person and player in the world prefers peaceful resolution of matters,” Mr. Baglay said.

Asked whether India had briefed other countries on the issue, Mr. Baglay said it would not be appropriate for him to comment on diplomatic interactions on sensitive matters.

 

Mr. Baglay confirmed that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval would travel to Beijing on July 27 to attend a meeting of the BRICS multilateral grouping.

Chinese and Indian soldiers are locked in a face-off in Doklam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.

New Delhi has expressed concern over the road building, apprehending that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its Northeastern States.

China’s state-run media has stepped up rhetoric against India in recent weeks.

China claimed that it was constructing the road within its territory, and was demanding immediate pullout of the Indian troops from the Doklam plateau.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region, which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Of the 3,488 km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

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