Doklam Plateau: Tibetan exiles support India in border standoff with China

Military steps up operational readiness on China border

Military steps up operational readiness on China border

"Our canvas of cooperation is very wide-ranging and both the leaders had an opportunity to discuss a range of issues", he said.

Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal are members of the BIMSTEC.

In the backdrop of the Doklam standoff, Chinese Navy has reached out to India to maintain security China in Indian Ocean amid increasing concerns in New Delhi over the growing presence of the PLA fleet in India's backyard. The Indian and Chinese forces engaged in a face off on June 16 when the Indian Army allegedly stopped Chinese troops from constructing road in the area.

India's emphasis on Bimstec is also seen as a counter to China's growing engagement among its regional neighbours, as part of encirclement of India.

While calling for peace between India and China, Bhutan has made it clear that it wants status-quo at Doklam unless the territorial dispute between itself and China is settled as per an earlier agreement.

State Department Spokesperson, Heather Nauert said in a news conference at Washington that U.S. have relationships with both governments and therefore, Washington will continue to encourage both parties to sit down and have conversations about the issue. "As you know, we have relationships with both governments".

Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle.

Meanwhile, China has vehemently rejected all reports of it ever offering a compromise to India by relocating its troops in the disputed Doklam border area. New Delhi is, however, firm on pullout of troops of both sides.

It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-China border.

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