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Sikkim standoff: NSA Ajit Doval in Beijing for BRICS security meet

Officials were tight-lipped about Doval's expected meeting with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi

IANS  |  Beijing 

NSA Ajit Doval. Photo: PTI
NSA Ajit Doval. Photo: PTI

Security Advisor is in to attend a BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa — security summit amid rising bilateral tensions with over a protracted border standoff.

Officials were tight-lipped about Doval's expected meeting with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the two-day summit which begins on Thursday.

"No idea," an Indian diplomat responded when contacted on the phone.

If the two officials meet, the standoff between their armies in in the sector is certain to be discussed.

Doval, who reached on Wednesday, will call on Chinese President along with the NSAs of the five-member bloc.

The meet, where the five-nation bloc traditionally discusses counterterrorism and security issues, assumes significance in the view of the festering border row between and

Earlier this week, an editorial in the Global Times said should not pin hopes on Doval's visit to resolve the border standoff.

has told repeatedly to withdraw troops from Doklam, which it calls as its own. New Delhi has said that troops from both sides should withdraw for a dialogue as belongs to its ally Bhutan.

In June, the Indian Army stopped road construction by Chinese troops in the area, leading to the standoff that is now in its second month.

Doklam, at the tri-junction of China, India, and Bhutan, holds strategic importance for all three.

Bhutan, a Himalayan nation that has no diplomatic ties with China, has also protested against the road construction by Chinese troops.

First Published: Thu, July 27 2017. 13:34 IST
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