China 'unusually aggressive' over Doklam issue, says Jaishankar

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 19, 2017

The foreign secretary further assured the panel that the Ministry of External Affairs was in contact with the Chinese Embassy in Delhi, and that India's Beijing mission was in talks with the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

China confirmed on Tuesday it was connecting with foreign missions to explain its version of the Doklam controversy, though it did not name any country or group of countries being briefed by it, even other P-5 members of the UN Security Council.

It is learnt that foreign missions in New Delhi, anxious about the standoff, requested that they be updated. The comments were relayed to reporters by some of the 20 members who were present in the meeting.

BEIJING-China on Tuesday renewed a call for India to immediately withdraw its troops from disputed territory high in the Himalayan mountains, following a report that Chinese forces recently held live firing drills in the region.

"Jaishankar told us that China's aggression and rhetoric on the recent standoff is unusual but it is not that complicated as it is being projected in some quarters. We will continue to engage with them through diplomatic channels", one of the MPs in the panel was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.

"The illegal trespass by the Indian border personnel has drawn extensive attention from the global community and many foreign diplomatic missions in China said they were shocked... and we also stressed [that] the facts are very clear in this incident", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. He said that India has been maintaining the same position since 1895 as per an Anglo-Chinese agreement.

Words like "war-like situation or conflict" were not used by the foreign secretary, and he stuck to the word "standoff" to describe the current situation in Doklam, another member said. Both members spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the meeting.

She was responding to questions on India China border standoff in the Sikkim sector for more than a month now.

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