Diplomatic channels with India ‘unimpeded’ to discuss military standoff: china

Vastavam web: China said today that diplomatic channels with India remained “unimpeded” to discuss the military standoff in Sikkim sector but reiterated that the withdrawal of the Indian troops from Doklam area is a “precondition” for any meaningful dialogue.”Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters, confirming talks between Indian and Chinese missions to resolve the standoff.In New Delhi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the matter can be resolved through talks.

“We are willing to talk, but both sides have to first take back their armies,” she told the Rajya Sabha.The minister said the boundaries between India and China are yet to be finalized and the two countries will do that bilaterally through discussions, while the same between China and Bhutan too will be done through bilateral talks. She accused China of building roads using bulldozers and excavators, which has been protested by Bhutan in writing to China.India has conveyed to China that the construction of the road would represent a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for New Delhi.

Lu claimed that the incident makes it clear that “Indian border personnel illegally trespassed into China’s territory.” Chinese officials say while there may not be a formal meeting between Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, there can be informal talks between the two officials, who are also the Special Representatives of their countries for the border talks.Both countries have so far held 19 rounds of talks.Earlier this month, China had refused to acknowledge that Chinese President Xi Jinping even met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany as the standoff continued.