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Take up Doklam with China: Rahul Gandhi

On a lighter note: PM Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit to Hubei Provincial Museum, in Wuhan.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to China a “no agenda” visit, Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked him on Friday to take up the issue of the Doklam standoff and the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that runs through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which he described as Indian territory.

Mr. Gandhi assured the Congress’s support to the Prime Minister, even though his tweet started on a sarcastic note.

 

Extends Congress support

“Dear PM, Saw the live TV feed of your ‘No Agenda’ China visit. You look tense! A quick reminder: 1. DOKLAM 2. China Pakistan Economic Corridor passes through POK. That’s Indian territory. India wants to hear you talk about these crucial issues. You have our support,” tweeted Mr. Gandhi.

Last year, Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a face off in the Doklam plateau at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan.

“China has once again occupied that part of the Doklam plateau. They have constructed watch towers, helipads. There are reports of a brigade 10 metres away from the Indian troops. Will the Prime Minister raise this?” asked Randeep Surjewala, Congress’s chief spokesperson.

 

Road near Siliguri

The Congress also said Prime Minister Modi should immediately ask China to “undo” the motorable road near Siliguri corridor as it “threatens India’s gateway to the Northeast India.

Prime Minister Modi is on a two-day visit to China for an informal summit, where no pre-decided agendas have been set. It is expected to be a trust-building exercise between the two neighbours.


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