India-China committed to find amicable resolution over Doklam issue; Gen VK Singh at Parliament
Source :News Bharati English   Date :26-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 26: India is committed to find an amicable resolution to the standoff in Doklam tri-junction acceptable to the concerned countries, said Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen VK Singh today.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Singh said, New Delhi is engaged with Beijing through diplomatic channels to maintain peace and tranquility in accordance with various bilateral agreements, MoUs, protocols and joint statements.

“The two sides are committed to seeking a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution to the boundary question and peaceful negotiations. Both countries are committed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution” to the boundary dispute.” he said.

He further said that China and India have each agreed to appoint a Special Representative (SR) to explore the framework for a boundary settlement from a political perspective.  There have been SR 19 meetings so far, the last one being in Beijing in April 2016, Singh informed.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will visit China tomorrow to attend the BRICS meeting in Beijing. The two-day visit comes in the backdrop of ongoing standoff between India and China in the Doklam region.

Indian and Chinese soldiers have been locked in a face-off at Doklam in Sikkim sector for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. Presently, the Doklam Plateau is occupied by both the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the Indian Army soldiers.

As per defence experts, in the wake of the ongoing conflict between India and China, a battle in the near future cannot be ruled out. China has been expanding its territory aggressively, encouraging population settlements in the disputed areas.

Chinese media had reportedly warned India of facing consequences of an all-out confrontation, if it stirs conflicts. Also, Speaking about the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, Sikkim, Chinese foreign minister said that India should withdraw its troops. Earlier, it was reported that China had moved heavy military equipment into Tibet's mountain regions, a move that hints at China's threatening military posture.