Indian, Chinese NSAs hold meeting on BRICS NSAs meet sidelines

Posted July 28, 2017

As the military standoff in the Doklam plateau continues, India's National Security Adviser Ajit Doval arrived in Beijing on Wednesday afternoon to attend a multilateral security meet.

Meanwhile, China's Xinhua news agency reported that the talks between Doval and Yang included bilateral relations, worldwide and regional issues and multilateral affairs.

The Chinese foreign ministry, in a brief readout on Doval-Yang meeting, said Yang "elaborated China's position on bilateral issues and major problems". According to the news, there was talk of bilateral relations, worldwide and regional issues between the two. It talked about the need to enhance mutual trust as the two counties are "not born rivals".

Tensions have grown along the Sikkim section of the China-India border since June with rising speculations about a military clash.

This is the first time in weeks that the official media ran a commentary without demanding withdrawal of Indian troops from the disputed Doklam region.

At the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China, Doklam is of high strategic importance to all three. According to the official program, Doval will meet with China's President Xi Chunfing on Friday with BRICS top security officials.

The commentary made a strong plea to avoid the possibility of a war. India's stand-off with China in recent times had been instigated by vocal support for the Dalai Lama, no-shows at worldwide projects such the "One Belt, One Road" project as well as several border aggressions. "This is a precondition basis for any meaningful talks between the two countries", Lu said.

Meanwhile, the government on Thursday said the issuance of stapled visas by China to the people of Arunachal Pradesh was raised with Beijing in bilateral meetings. The group of NSAs would call on the Chinese President for an interaction on security issues relating to BRICS countries.

On July 20, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said all the countries, including Bhutan, are with India on the issue of the Doklam stand-off. "Instead of being rivals, India and China have much more common ground, common interests and common aspirations". The meeting between the two countries is being considered as important in the matter of the Dokalam controversy. "There is more than enough room for them to co-exist and thrive in Asia and in the world". "And when we say that, we want China to recognise this".