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NSAs of China, India meet amid Sikkim impasse

28 July 2017

This is the first meeting between India's top security officials since the standoff started in mid June.

Official Xinhua news agency didn't share details of the meeting between Doval and Yang but gave a broad outline.

But as divided as the country has now become over the Doklam row, several Bhutanese extolled the contributions of India and Indian Army over the past 60 years for the growth of Bhutan and held in high regard by their kings who had stretched the arm of friendship after over 70 years of isolation from the rest of the world.

He said that discussions will be held on topics, including global governance, anti-terrorism, internet security and energy security, as well as major worldwide and regional hotspot issues.

National security adviser Ajit Doval is now in China to attend the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) National Security Advisers' (NSA) meet scheduled on Thursday and Friday. And the troops from the both sides should withdraw as Doklam belongs to its ally Bhutan.

In a press conference, local Foreign Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay recalled that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed in a parallel meeting to the event, the aforementioned year, to strengthen the links between both countries.

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The commentary made a strong plea to avoid the possibility of a war.

The face-off started on June 18 when Indian Army soldiers from Doka La in Sikkim went to Doklam Plateau along the disputed China-Bhutan border to stop the personnel of Chinese People's Liberation Army from constructing a road, which would have serious security implications for India. "I want to stress that this is precondition for any meaningful talks between the two sides".

"India must understand that China wishes what's good for the Indian people and would love to see a strong India standing shoulder by shoulder with China", Xinhua, which reflects the government's thinking said giving an emotional touch to the vexed relationship.

The seventh meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues is being held in Beijing on Thursday and Friday.

On July 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said all the countries, including Bhutan, are with India on the issue of the Doklam stand-off. India denouncing China for conspiring along with neighbouring country Pakistan and China alleging India's military aggressions are among many such verbal tussles that the two former allies have been engaging in. The meeting between the two countries is being considered as important in the matter of the Dokalam controversy.

NSAs of China, India meet amid Sikkim impasse