Ahead of NSA Ajit Doval’s visit, China says open to bilateral talks, but imposes a Doklam precondition

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Chinese Foreign Ministry suggested ‘meaningful dialogue’ on the ongoing Doklam standoff was unlikely until India fulfilled the ‘precondition’ of withdrawing troops from the area, and that the two officials may discuss other issues.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ajit Doval could hold bilateral talks with his counterpart.
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry said meaningful dialogue on on-going Doklam standoff was unlikely.
  • BRICS high-representatives for security issues will hold meeting on July 27 and 28.

China indicated today that National Security Adviser Ajit Doval could hold bilateral talks with his counterpart, Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi, as he visits China on July 27 and 28 for the annual BRICS National Security Advisers’ summit meeting.

At the same time, the Chinese Foreign Ministry suggested “meaningful dialogue” on the on-going Doklam standoff was unlikely until India fulfilled the “precondition” of withdrawing troops from the area, and that the two officials may discuss other issues.

“The BRICS high-representatives for security issues will hold a meeting on July 27 and 28,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said. “On bilateral meetings, I do not have the relevant information right now. As far as we know, in previous meetings, usually it is arranged for the heads of delegations to hold meetings to exchange views on bilateral relations and other international issues.

“Lu also stressed that in China’s view, “meaningful dialogue” on the standoff at Doklam was not possible until India withdrew. “China and India have a smooth diplomatic channel,” he said. “The crux now is Indian border troops illegally stayed on China’s territory. Once again we urge India to pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. I want to stress that this is

Lu also stressed that in China’s view, “meaningful dialogue” on the standoff at Doklam was not possible until India withdrew. “China and India have a smooth diplomatic channel,” he said. “The crux now is Indian border troops illegally stayed on China’s territory. Once again we urge India to pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. I want to stress that this is precondition for any meaningful talks between the two sides.”

Lu said the BRICS meeting was the main platform for the BRICS countries to strengthen strategic communication and increase political mutual trust as well as discuss “hotspot” issues. Asked if Doklam would figure, he reiterated China’s position on the conditions for dialogue.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson was also asked about Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s comments in India calling for a peaceful resolution to territorial issues.  He said that her comments were “correct” but “this principle does not apply to the current standoff as there is no dispute in the Doklam region” between India and China.

“China hopes to maintain peace and stability of border areas but China will not make any compromise on sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “The responsibility for this incident lies completely with India and we hope India can get a clear understanding of the situation and can take swift and correct measures to avoid escalation of the situation.”

Source: India Today

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