After China Offers To Mediate In Kashmir, India's Decisive Response

Handling the Dragon

Handling the Dragon

Former CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat said it is important for the government to keep in mind that the main party in the Doklam plateau dispute is Bhutan and added "it is better" that India takes the lead in negotiating issues with China and supports Thimphu. "This will not only harm the peace and stability of the two countries but also peace and tranquility of the region", he said during his regular press briefing in Beijing when asked what role China could play to defuse tensions between Pakistan and India on Kashmir.

Not just the India-China border tensions, the country has even said that it was willing to play a "constructive role" to help India and Pakistan to sort the conflict better their relationship.

India continues to modernise its atomic arsenal with an eye on China and the country's nuclear strategy which traditionally focused on Pakistan now appears to place increased emphasis on the Communist giant, two top American nuclear experts have said.

The Congress had earlier raised concerns over the situation in Dokalam area where the armies of China and India are in a border standoff for a month now after Indian troops objected to road construction in the area.

This is not the first time that China has invoked the 1962 war. China was trying to build a road on the land which doesn't come inside its boundary line.

Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Germany at the G-20 summit and talked informally "on a range of issues", said the Foreign Ministry which refused to confirm if the Sikkim confrontation was part of the discussion. Titled, "If this can be tolerated, what cannot be tolerated?", the editorial refers to India's alleged attempts to "erode" Chinese territory, recounts Indian Army provocation and warns of retaliation. India has also dismissed China's offer- created to provoke and made yesterday- to help mediate in Kashmir to bring "peace and stability to the region".

The sabre-rattling by officials and media on both sides show that a resolution to this stand-off is not imminent, causing anxiety to the two countries that are sandwiched between them: Bhutan and Nepal.

Bhaskar Koirala of the Nepal Institute of global and Strategic Studies said the timing of the current tension is linked to remarks by Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankhar in Washington DC during Prime Minister Modi's visit there last month in which he used the term "strategic convergence" between the U.S. and India. You are all aware of the fact that at the heart of the matter is the issue of terrorism perpetrated on India, including on the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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