Will PM Narendra Modi​ confront China over Doklam, asks Congress

Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping on Friday opened their two-day informal talks in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Published: 27th April 2018 04:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th April 2018 04:40 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) with Chinese President Xi Jinping


NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi was going to confront China over the Doklam issue during his two-day informal summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In a series of tweets, the party's Communications Incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala attacked the Modi government and accused it of being incapable of sending a strong message to China.

"As Modi ji 'hugs' his friend, President Xi Jinping today in Wuhan, China, will he remember his innate duty to protect India's strategic interests and question China on occupation of Dokalam impacting India's national security?

"India is facing increasingly aggressive China to intrude into the 'Chicken's Neck' -Siliguri Corridor by building a new road through South of Doklam but why is Modi Govt clueless and incapable to send a strong message to China?" he asked.

Surjewala referred to visits of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to China for bilateral meetings with their counterparts earlier this month and asked if Modi will accept that they had "abdicated their duty" by not raising the Doklam issue.

"Does the Prime Minister accept the failure of his Cabinet Ministers (Defence and EAM) to confront China on creation of 'full-fledged Chinese Military Complex' in Doklam right up to 10m from Indian Army post, during their visit on April 20-24 as an abdication of their duty to the Nation?" Surjewala asked.

He also said that the latest imagery had shown China creating additional structures at its military complex in Doklam.

"Doesn't the latest satellite imagery from Google Maps of April 25, 2018, show creation of additional structures by China metres away from Indian Army posts? Has Prime Minister and Defence Ministry taken note of it?

"Will PM Modi take up the issue in the Summit with Chinese President today in Wuhan, China ? Modi ji may not be able to show 'red eyes' as he loftily promised, but will he show the courage of conviction to do plain-speaking on Doklam and defend India's interests?" he tweeted.

Modi and Xi on Friday opened their two-day informal talks in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

The two leaders will hold another meeting later in the day with delegations from both sides being present. This will be followed by a dinner hosted by the Chinese President.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp