Border stand-off with China can be resolve through talks: Govt

New Delhi should show willingness for peace through deeds: Beijing
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NEW DELHI
3 Aug 2017

India today said the border stand-off with China cannot be resolved through a war but can be settled through bilateral talks.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in the Rajya Sabha that "patience is key to resolving problems" because of patience is lost, there can be provocation on the other side. "We will keep patience to resolve the issue," she said referring to the Dokalam stand-off issue with China. "We will keep engaging with China to resolve the dispute," Swaraj said replying to a discussion on "India s foreign policy and engagement with strategic partners" during which members voiced concern over the stand-off and raised questions over India's policy.

In response to questions, the Union minister said military readiness is always there as the military is meant to fight wars. "But war cannot resolve problems. So wisdom is to resolve diplomatically," the external affairs minister asserted.
She expressed confidence that the issue can be resolved through bilateral talks. China today said India should show through deeds its willingness to maintain peace at the border and claimed that 48 Indian soldiers were at Doklam area backed by a "large number" of troops at the border to halt Chinese attempts to build a road on its side of the boundary.

In a statement, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the action of the Indian side amounts to that of "irresponsibility and recklessness."  Geng said that until yesterday, "there were 48 Indian soldiers and one bulldozer" in Doklam area, describing it as illegal intrusion into Chinese territory. India, however, says that the area belongs to Bhutan.
"In addition, there are still a large number of Indian armed forces congregating on the boundary and on the Indian side of the boundary," Geng said.

"No matter how many Indian border troops illegally trespassed the boundary and still stay in the Chinese territory, it will not alter the nature of severely violating China's territorial integrity and contravening the UN Charter. This incident is illegal under the international law. The Indian side should bear corresponding responsibilities," the spokesman said. It deserves mention here that  China had on Wednesday said it has conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take "concrete actions" by immediately pulling back troops from Doklam in the Sikkim section with "no strings attached" to resolve the current standoff.

Providing the details of the July 28 meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and State Councillor Yang Jiechi for the first time, Chinese foreign ministry had said that the two officials exchanged views on BRICS cooperation, bilateral relations and relevant major problems. Doval was in Beijing last month to attend the BRICS -- Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa -- NSAs meeting.