Pull back troops from Doklam with 'no strings attached': China
China today said it has conveyed its
firm stand to India that it must take "concrete actions" by
immediately pulling back troops from Doklam in the Sikkim
section with "no strings attached" to resolve the current
August 03, 2017 / 04:52 PM IST
China today said it has conveyed its firm stand to India that it must take "concrete actions" by immediately pulling back troops from Doklam in the Sikkim section with "no strings attached" to resolve the current
Providing the details of the July 28 meeting between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and State Councillor Yang Jiechi for the first time, Chinese Foreign Ministry told PTI that the two officials exchanged views on BRICS cooperation,
bilateral relations and relevant major problems.
Doval was in Beijing last month to attend the BRICS --
Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa -- NSAs meeting.
How India Became The Fifth-Largest Military Spender In The World Doval and Yang are also the Special Representatives of
Yang held bilateral meeting with Doval "at his request and in accordance with the practice", the ministry said in a written reply to a question about the discussions relating to the standoff at Doklam which began when China started
constructing a road in the area.
"Yang Jiechi expressed China's stern positions and explicit requirements on the trespass of Indian border troops into China's territory at the Sikkim section of China-India boundary," it said, indicating that there was no breakthrough
during the talks between Doval and Yang.
India's position on the issue was made clear by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj last month, saying both sides should first pull back their troops for any talks to take
place, favouring a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.
India also conveyed to the Chinese government that the road construction would represent a significant change of
status quo with serious security implications for it.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said during his talks withDoval, Yang also "urged India to respect China