Sikkim standoff continues: India sticks to its guns on Chinese diplomacy!

"It is likely that from time to time there are differences", Mr. Jaishankar said. It warned India that China will have to take the necessary precautions to protect its territory and its soldiers and India will have to take responsibility for that.

On Father Tom, who was abducted in Yemen, Mr Baglay said, Father Tom is alive and India is committed to ensure his early release.He said authorities of both the countries are in touch on the matter.

China and India have been engaged in the stand-off in the Doklam area for the past three weeks after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road at Doklam.


On strong rhetorics in the Chinese media warning India on the Doklam stand off, Mr Baglay said, "This matter we are dealing with is a serious matter and it has implications". 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.

Former CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat said it is important for the government to keep in mind that the main party in the Doklam plateau dispute is Bhutan and added "it is better" that India takes the lead in negotiating issues with China and supports Thimphu.

"At a strategic level, China would like to separate India from Bhutan, they would like to open up Bhutan to their greater influence, that goes without saying", said Manoj Joshi, a strategic affairs analyst at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi. "For China, the border line is the bottom line", the commentary said.


Kashmir, a Muslim-majority Himalayan region, is administered by India and Pakistan in parts and claimed by both in full.

Moving further with their article Kristensen and Norris said that the two-stage, solid- fuel, rail-mobile Agni-2, an improvement on the Agni-1, which can deliver a nuclear or conventional warhead more than 2,000 kilometres is probably targeted on western, central, and southern China. History says the seeds of the India-Bhutan friendship were sown in 1958 when then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited Bhutan that shares a 605-km long border with India and 470-km with China. "The unique nature of very close and longstanding India - Bhutan relationship was recognised", said MEA Spox.

In fact the boundary issue that the Vajpayee and later the Manmohan Singh governments had tried to keep inside the bottle, seems to have burst out with India flexing its specific anti-China muscles in the public space, and Beijing upping the ante.



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