China rejects India's peace overture on Sikkim, offers to mediate on Kashmir

Handling the Dragon

China rejects India's peace overture on Sikkim, offers to mediate on Kashmir

"While India has traditionally been focused on deterring Pakistan, its nuclear modernisation indicates that it is putting increased emphasis on its future strategic relationship with China".

Rajnath and Sushma also gave a detailed presentation to the leaders of the Opposition parties and apprised them of the situation along the Sino-Indian border and in Jammu & Kashmir. He expressed some dismay that the efforts started by late National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra to start a dialogue on the intransigent border issues seem to have been entirely negated by the Modi government in its insistence to make a "public spectacle' of its hostility to China".

An External Affairs Ministry spokesperson told reporters that the central issue between Islamabad and New Delhi was "cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India".

Sources said the meeting went over points to be discussed with the opposition on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir after militants killed seven Amarnath pilgrims and the India-China standoff. The Opposition, which has been questioning government's handling of the two issues, will get a chance to raise queries with the government and also offer own suggestions and solutions.

"The basic goal was to apprise MPs from different parties of situation on terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris on July 10 and situation in Sikkim sector", DG PIB Frank Noronha said after the meeting. Over the last weekend, China issued a travel advisory telling its nationals to be careful in India, capping weeks of sharp rhetoric that has included Chinese officials asking India to pull back troops. The Global Times in Beijing carried a story stating that India will suffer worse losses than in 1962 if it continues to push at the Bhutan-China border.

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. Moreover, a country like China can never be trusted, especially with so many points of contention between India and China.

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar briefed the opposition leaders about the Chinese incursion, said AIADMK parliamentarian A Navaneethakrishnan, who attended the meeting.

India said it was asked to intervene by Bhutan and that the construction had implications on its own security. Doval's visit to China comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany earlier this month.

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