Sushma Swaraj calls all-party meet on Ind-China border stand-off

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On June 27, China had accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India's northeastern border with Tibet, complicating an already hard relationship. India, whose main focus has been Pakistan for many years, has recently put a major emphasis on China.

In the presence of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Ministry officials made two presentations on both the issues before the leaders.

The development comes at the time when China continues to accuse India of camping inside Chinese territory, stating that "withdrawal" of Indian troops from its territory is the only way to resolve the border crisis.

The offer from the Chinese side came at a time when the armies of both the countries are locked in a bitter standoff over the Doklam plateau near the Bhutan trijunction.

"It must be underlined that Bhutan has been negotiating with China directly on its border issues since 1984". Much water has flown in Ganges since 1962 and India will not bow down before the hegemony of China.

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The Royal Government of Bhutan's statement issued on June 29, said the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory was a direct violation of written agreements of 1988 and 1998 and affects the ongoing demarcation process between the two countries.

Reacting to the Chinese Foreign Office spokesperson's remarks that China was ready to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said cross-border terrorism was at the heart of the issues between New Delhi and Islamabad.

The report has also estimated that India has seven nuclear-capable systems in total, four land-based nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, the short-range Prithvi-2 and Agni-1, the medium-range Agni-2, and the intermediate-range Agni-3. Karat said India has been seeking to join the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) on a priority basis and considers China as the "stumbling block" for this goal. Importance of India and China to remain engaged through diplomacy was underlined.

It said by "turning a deaf ear" to China's demand for troop withdrawal, India "will worsen the month-long stand-off and put itself further into embarrassment".

Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party leader Ramvilas Paswan said: "All parties were agreed that there cannot be compromise on issue of national interest".

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