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Sikkim row: Pentagon advises India, China to reduce tensions with dialogue

Gary Ross said the two countries should engage in direct dialogue free of coercive aspects

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

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The Pentagon has encouraged and to engage in a direct dialogue free of any "coercive aspects".

"We encourage and to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions and free of any coercive aspects," Gary Ross, a Defence Department spokesman told PTI.


Over the past week, the US State Department too have been making similar statements, but Pentagon has sought direct dialogue between and on reducing tension "free of any coercive aspects".

Notably, in recent past few years, almost all the Chinese neighbours have been accusing of coercive tactics to settle border disputes.

The month-long India-border standoff in the sector is seen as part of same Chinese coercive tactics to change the status quo. has taken a strong stand against such a Chinese move.

Security Advisor heads to to attend a meeting of later this month. During his visit, Doval is expected to talk with his Chinese counterpart on this issue.

Responding to questions, the Pentagon refused to take sides on the issue.

"We refer you to the Governments of and for further information. We encourage and to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions. We are not going to speculate on such matters," Ross said when asked if the Pentagon fears an escalation of tension between and

Early this week, a top Pentagon Commander told lawmakers that is exploiting its economic leverage as a way to its regional political objectives.

"The Chinese have shown their willingness to exploit their economic leverage as a way to advance their regional political objectives. As China's military modernisation continues, the United States and its allies and partners will continue to be challenged to balance China's influence," General Paul Selva, USAF, said in written response to questions to the Senate Armed Services Committee for his nominee for reconfirmation as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Selva said deterring war is an exercise in influencing China's decision calculus, making diplomacy preferable to conflict and managing crises in such a manner that they do not unintentionally escalate.

"To do this, the Joint Force will engage with the Chinese military within Congressionally mandated limits, build alliance capacity through close cooperation, and uphold the international law through appropriate operations," he said in written response to the questions.

First Published: Sat, July 22 2017. 22:22 IST
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