Amid Sikkim stand-off, Rahul Gandhi met Chinese envoy

Posted July 11, 2017

Amid standoff between two nations, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has met Chinese ambassador to India, the party has reportedly confirmed. I met the Chinese ambassador, ex-NSA (Shiv Shankar Menon), Congress leaders from the Northeast & the Bhutanese ambassador.

"We have, in principle, no objection if Rahul Gandhi meets any foreign diplomat let alone the Chinese Ambassador, but in larger national interest it is necessary that Rahul Gandhi should come out clean on this issue and tell what has gone into the discussion", Vijay Chauthaiwale, In-Charge, Department of Foreign Affairs, BJP told ANI.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is reported to have secretly met envoys of China and Bhutan at the height of the ongoing Sino-Indian border tension in Doklam, a move that th3e Congress party has failed to explain.

At the official briefing in the evening, Congress leader Manish Tewari, while repeating that the meeting with the Chinese envoy had taken place, in keeping with past practice, trained his guns on the Modi government on the issue.

Earlier Surjewala had said that the two leaders did not meet and even accused the media channels of airing fake new in his tweets.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier questioned the bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg held on July 7-8.

"Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting Congress president and vice-president from time to time on the basis of courtesy".

"And for the record I am not the guy sitting on the swing while a thousand Chinese troops had physically entered India", Gandhi said.

Mr. Surjewala said no body should try to sensationalise such normal courtesy calls.

"May I ask why is an India Foundation delegation being sent to China?"

Rahul Gandhi said that while Chinese troops were crossing the border and entering India, PM Modi was busy in enjoying swing ride.

China and India have been engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road.