1. Sikkim standoff: India, China should engage in dialogue to reduce tension, says US

Sikkim standoff: India, China should engage in dialogue to reduce tension, says US

The US today said it would encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tension between them in the Sikkim sector.

By: | Washington | Updated: July 19, 2017 12:12 AM
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The US today said it would encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tension between them in the Sikkim sector. “We encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions,” a State Department official told PTI. Responding to questions on the India-China border standoff, the official refrained from saying anything else.
“We refer you to the governments of India and China for further information,” the official said. China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

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    Apte
    Jul 19, 2017 at 7:26 am
    1. Yes it is true that a dialogue is necessary to reduce tension between India and China. Here let us not forget that China has huge ambitions to make its presence felt as a world super-power and is doing everything to make its presence felt everywhere. China wishes that India in particular should accept that it is a far superior military power. To prove that it can use its military strengths to terrorise India, China has now made a claim on part of Sikkim. 2. It is a firm belief of Chinese current leadership that no one can stop it doing what it wishes to do. 3. China has already made a claim on entire Arunachal Pradesh (AP), which it calls ‘Southern Tibet’, and it wants India to negotiate such outrageous claim. It is obvious that once we start negotiations on such territorial claims, more Chinese demands will follow. This is a very clever trap. As usual, Chinese media, which is part of Chinese government, has not wasted this opportunity to warn India of dire consequences.
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