India snubs China on Kashmir mediation offer

16 July, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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During the three-hour meeting attended by Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Home Secretary-designate Rajiv Gauba gave presentations on the China stand-off and Kashmir issues, respectively.

The meeting--which was called to build a consensus with the opposition parties on the issue of border standoff with China at Doklam in Sikkim--observed that difference between the two nations should not become disputes.

India's government immediately seized on Monday night's atrocity to intensify repression of the mass protests that have convulsed Jammu and Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority state, for the past year. "The Modi government will undergo elections in 2019...(for) Indian leaders the China card is the most convenient tool to whip up the public and provide cannon fodder to India's unbridled media".

Sources said the government also wanted to discuss the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has witnessed a spate of violence following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July, 2016.

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As the impasse festered, opposition parties criticised the government for what they said not taking them into confidence on issues of national interest and security.

Two top American nuclear experts have said that India continues to modernise its atomic arsenal with an eye on China and New Delhi's nuclear strategy, which traditionally focused on Pakistan, now appears to place increased emphasis on China.

The CPI (M) said the Opposition will "fully support" the Centre in its efforts to resolve the India-China standoff in Doklam area through diplomatic channels.

Referring to China, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said national interest was paramount, but the government needs to engage China in negotiations. "...don't blame us that (we) didn't warn you!" it said. The Indian military has blocked the Chinese construction of a road on the border of Bhutan, which officials there have said is on their land.

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Several leaders said the government couldn't come up with a credible reason to explain security lapses that led to the attack.

New Delhi has expressed concern over China trying to change the status quo at the India-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in Dokalam area of Sikkim. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

People's Daily posted an image of an editorial, which was published on September 22, 1962, and was titled "If this can be tolerated, what cannot be tolerated", on microblogging site Weibo and spoke about the Indian Army's provocation at the time, reported India Today.

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