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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 standoff.

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

standoff.

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.


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Doval and Yang are also the Special Representatives of

the boundary talks between the two nations.

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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
first published: Aug 2, 2017 04:48 pm

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