NEW DELHI: Amid heightened tension along the Sikkim border with China, national security adviser Ajit Doval will be travelling to Beijing to take part in the BRICS meet scheduled on July 27 and 28.
Though the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has not confirmed Doval’s bilateral meet with any Chinese leaders to resolve the issue, New Delhi Thursday made a renewed pitch for a “peaceful resolution” of the Dokalam standoff through diplomatic channels, stressing that “differences” should not become “disputes”.
MEA claimed that the government is on close touch with the Bhutan government on the developments. Gopal Baglay, MEA spokesperson, made it clear that “India’s approach is to have a peaceful resolution of issues on the border with China.”
Doval’s visit comes amid deterioration in bilateral ties between the two neighbours due to the Dokalam standoff with Beijing ratcheting up its rhetoric on the dispute.
During the June meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Kazakh capital Astana, both leaders have agreed to an understanding that differences between India and China should not be allowed to become disputes.
“So, it is obvious that every responsible power, person and player in the world prefers peaceful resolution of matters,” Baglay said.
Both the Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a face-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. India apprehended that it may allow Chinese troops to cut India’s access to its northeastern states.
Chinese state-run media has taken an aggressive stand on the issue and demanded immediate pull-out of Indian troops from the Dokalam plateau.