Speaking on the India-China standoff in Sikkim region, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that India is ready for a dialogue with the neighbouring country.
Speaking on the India-China standoff in Sikkim region, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that India is ready for a dialogue with the neighbouring country. During the Monsoon session in Rajya Sabha today, Swaraj said, “We are willing to talk but both sides should take back their army to original positions. If China unilaterally changes status-quo of tri-junction point between China-India and Bhutan, then it poses a challenge to our security,” the EAM added further, reported ANI.
“India is very concerned and cautious about its security and no one can surround it. It is also wrong to say that India is threatened,” she added. All countries are with India and they understand that the stand we have taken is not wrong at all, Swaraj said.
Further when asked to comment on the OBOR issue, Swaraj said, “Jaise hi pata chala ki OBOR (One Belt One Road) mein China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) ko dal rahe hain, ussi samay virodh darj kiya gaya tha (We objected to the move the moment it came in news).”
The government from the very beginning has been stressing that it is working the diplomatic channels to lower the tensions with the neighbouring country, however, Beijing, on the other hand, has warned of serious consequences if India does not pull back its soldiers from the Sikkim region.
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Several Opposition leaders including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have been criticising the government for the way it has handled the China issue. According to an NDTV report, Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Wednesday, told the Parliament that he believes China is preparing to attack India with the help of its long-term ally, Pakistan. He even said that China has buried nuclear bombs in Pakistan. Mulayam also asked the intelligence agencies to investigate the issue.