Indian, Chinese NSAs hold meeting on BRICS NSAs meet sidelines

Defense ministry film celebrates PLA's founding

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Doklam, at the tri-junction of China, India, and Bhutan, holds strategic importance for all three. Both Doval and Yang are Special Representatives of the India-China border mechanism. When asked about the possibility of the current dispute escalating, Luo Zhaohui, China's ambassador to India, did not dismiss the likelihood of such a development.

The two met "separately" and exchanged views on bilateral relations, according to China's official news agency Xinhua.

The Indian Express reported that Ajit Doval is expected to visit China on July 26-27 for a BRICS meeting and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechimight meet with him. 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.

Doval is in Beijing to attend a two-day BRICS security summit but the focus has been on his bilateral interactions with the Chinese leadership against the backdrop of the standoff and intense speculation on whether the two sides would begin a conversation to ease tensions, if not resolve the impasse.

India on June 30 told China that its attempt to construct a road in the Doklam area in Bhutan will cause a "significant change of status quo", is a "violation of a 2012 understanding", and will lead to "serious security implications".

In a written reply, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh said the two sides have agreed to continue their engagement at various levels to enhance mutual understanding and address outstanding issues. Wang, who is the first top Chinese leader to have commented so far on the Dokalam impasse, on Tuesday claimed that India "admitted" to entering Chinese territory.

"India would like to strengthen its closer developmental partnership with China that was established in the visit to President Xi Jinping to India in September 2014", Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said while reacting to Swaraj's statement in Parliament.

China on June 26 alleged that Indian troops crossed the boundary line in the Sikkim sector of the China-India boundary. China has made it clear that the scope for negotiations can arise on the condition of withdrawal of Indian troops from the disputed territory. New Delhi has said that troops from both sides should withdraw for a dialogue as Doklam belongs to its ally Bhutan.

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