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Nepal won't take any sides in India-China standoff: Deputy PM

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said his country will not take any sides in the ongoing standoff between and

wants and to use "peaceful diplomatic means" to resolve the issue, said Mahara, who is also the Foreign Minister.


"will not get dragged into this or that side in the border dispute," he told reporters yesterday.

"Some media reports are attempting to drag us in favour of one or the other side, but I want to make it clear that we have not taken any side in this matter," Mahara said.

He said that Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba will pay an official visit to from August 23 to 27 and necessary preparations are going on for the same.

However, detailed itinerary of the visit is yet to be finalised, Mahara said.

He also told media persons that Chinese Vice Wang Yang will arrive in on August 14 on an official visit.

The Chinese leader's visit will be development-centric, and it cannot be linked with the prime minister's visit to in any way, he added.

and have been locked in a standoff in section's Doklam area since June 16 after Chinese troops began constructing a road near the Bhutan trijunction.

Bhutan has protested to China, saying the area belonged to it and accused Beijing of violating agreements that aim to maintain the status quo until the boundary dispute is resolved.

says the Chinese action to lay the road was unilateral and changes the status quo. It fears the road would allow to cut off India's access to its northeastern states.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Doklam, while claims it as part of its Donglang region.

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