Ajit Doval Arrives In China For BRICS Meeting Amid Sikkim Standoff

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"Referring to the three National Security Advisers of the BRICS countries, including Mr. Doval, who are in the Chinese capital, the official Xinhua news agency said: "[Mr.] Yang also separately exchanged views with the three senior representatives on bilateral relations, global and regional issues and multilateral affairs, and set forth China's position on bilateral issues and major problems".

He said that discussions will be held on topics, including global governance, anti-terrorism, internet security and energy security, as well as major worldwide and regional hotspot issues.

Indian officials in Beijing too have not elaborated on the issues discussed between Doval and Yang, who are special representatives of their countries for the boundary talks. Doval is now in China to attend a two-day Brics meeting with his counterparts from Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. Ajit Doval's visit has in a lot of ways raised expectations of a possible solution between the two countries to the over a month-long standoff at Doklam area in the Sikkim sector.

India on June 30 told China that its attempt to construct a road in the Doklam area in Bhutan will cause a "significant change of status quo", is a "violation of a 2012 understanding", and will lead to "serious security implications".

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The seventh meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues is being held in Beijing on Thursday and Friday. A road construction in Doklam at the tri-junction of China, India, and Bhutan holds strategic importance to all three.

Wang said that some patriotic Chinese netizens might have made fierce remarks, including solving the issue via military means. He added, "The crux now is Indian border troops illegally stayed on China's territory. Indian troops have to go out", stated Yi. The 2,325-word FB post has not only created a furore and exposed the sharp divisions among the Bhutanese people over the role of India but also has been republished by top Chinese media outlets to claim that it represented the general views of the Bhutanese.

China says it will not talk on the Doklam issue unless India withdraws troops from the region.

India asserted today that it wanted to strengthen its relations with China and called to resolve their differences on the so-called Astana consensus, reached in 2014, during a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

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