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Continuing their tirade against India, the state owned Chinese media has said the upcoming visit of Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval to Beijing is only meant for BRICS meet and not for solving the current border standoff between the two sides.
In an editorial titled “Doval visit won’t sway China over border standoff”, the Global Times said, “The BRICS National Security Advisers’ meeting is a routine conference held in preparation for the BRICS Summit, and is not a platform to address Sino-Indian border skirmishes.”
The Chinese daily said that the Indian media is pinning high hopes on Doval’s upcoming trip to settle the ongoing dispute. The editorial comes at a time when Doval, will be travelling to Beijing to attend a BRICS meeting on 27 and 28 July.
“The Chinese side will not talk with India on the issue before the Indian troops’ unconditional withdrawal from Chinese territory. New Delhi should give up its illusions, and Doval’s Beijing visit is most certainly not an opportunity to settle the standoff in accordance with India’s will,” it said.
The daily further said that Doval will inevitably be disappointed if he attempts to bargain with Beijing over the border disputes.
“India’s unconditional withdrawal is China’s bottom line. The Chinese government’s strong determination requesting Indian troop’s withdrawal is backed by all Chinese people who are firm that we can’t lose one inch of Chinese territory,” the editorial read.
“Indian media outlets are exploring “dignified” ways to pull back its troops. We believe that if India complies with international laws, then the withdrawal will display dignity. Beijing has no obligation to coordinate with New Delhi to withdraw its troops or suspend its road construction,” it added.
Indian and Chinese troops continue to be locked in a standoff in Doklam and both sides have moved additional troops, ammunition and military equipment to the area. The stand-off emerged after Chinese troops were stopped by the Indian Army from construction roads in the Doklam border. India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.
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