Rahul Gandhi 'met' Ambassador Luo Zhaohui, says Chinese Embassy; Congress denies

Elias Hubbard
July 10, 2017

"While Chinese incursions were happening, this meeting took place and the weak PM didn't deem it necessary to speak about the issue", she wrote on Twitter and posted a picture of Modi with Xi Jinping at the summit.

However, sources in Rahul Gandhi's office denied any meeting with Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui.

India should withdraw all of its troops that have crossed the delimited boundary back to its own side, a move that is essentially different from the previous standoffs between the border troops of the two countries in undefined areas. Noteworthy, India has responded to efforts by China to build a road in the Doklam area.

Both the countries had agreed to a mechanism in 2012 to resolve border flare ups through consultations at various levels.

India has said it had warned China that construction of the road near their common border would have serious security implications.

An editorial on Monday in the official China Daily newspaper called on India to "withdraw all of its troops" from the Doklam area "before the situation deteriorates and leads to more serious consequences".

The border guards of the two countries have been in an nearly month-long standoff in the Doklam region located at the narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, with the three countries barely separated by mountains and passes.

"India's intention is very clear, which is to use the so-called "security concern" as well as protecting Bhutan as a pretext to cross the China-India boundary at the Sikkim section and enter the Chinese territory of Doklam", Geng said.

"China observes relevant agreements with Bhutan, and China's activities in Doklam have not violated any bilateral agreement nor disrupted the status quo", he said.

Bhutan has no diplomatic ties with China.

It is China, and not India, that should worry about its security in view of New Delhi's growing defence ties with the U.S. and Japan, the Chinese state media said on Monday, talking about the border standoff between the two neighbours.

Out of 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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