India, china  should engage in direct dialogue :  Pentagon

Vastavam web:  India and China should engage in direct dialogue free of any “coercive aspects” to reduce the tension over a military standoff in Dokalam, the Pentagon has said.Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.”We refer you to the governments of India and China for further information… We are not going to speculate on such matters,” Ross said when asked if the Pentagon fears the tension may escalate between India and China.

The US State Department too has made similar statements over the past week.In recent years, almost all neighbours of China have accused Beijing of coercive tactics to settle border disputes.National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is to head to Beijing for a meeting of BRICS’ NSAs next week. He is expected to discuss the issue with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.Earlier this week, a top Pentagon Commander told US lawmakers that China was exploiting its economic leverage as a way to further its regional political objectives.Selva said deterring war is an exercise in influencing China’s decision calculus, making diplomacy preferable to conflict and managing crises in such a manner that they do not unintentionally escalate