“Atmosphere is Not Good” Xi-Modi Meeting in Hamburg, China

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In between a standoff between the armies of both countries in the Sikkim sector, China on Thursday said that the “atmosphere” was “not right” for a two-sided meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg. A Chinese foreign ministry official said prior to the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg on Friday that “The atmosphere is not right for a bilateral meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi”.

The both countries, India and China have been involved in a standoff in the Dokalam area near to the Bhutan tri-junction for last 19 days after having a Chinese army’s construction party tried to build a road. The Doka La is the Indian name for the spot which Bhutan distinguishes as Dokalam, whereas China says it within its Donglang region. There were many reports that PM Modi and President Xi may meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit to solve the confrontation. On Wednesday, the China’s state-run media quoted Chinese experts as stating that Beijing would be required to use a “military way” to get rid of the standoff in the Sikkim sector if India won’t pay attention to the “historical lessons” being offered by it.

India Tells China to Retreat from Bhutanese Territory

In the meantime, making it clear that you won’t buckle under heated up the rhetoric from China, India on Wednesday said a diplomatic resolution producing a Chinese pullback from Bhutanese area would resolve the existing border standoff near to the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction. While talking to media on Wednesday, The minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre said that “This issue or tension should be resolved at the diplomatic level…It can be resolved diplomatically, which is what we want”. “The Chinese troops should stay where they were earlier…They have entered Bhutan’s territory…they should not intrude into Bhutanese territory. This is our security concern and this is our stand,” Bhamre added.

Noting to Bhutan’s recent assertion, which kept China accused of aiming to unilaterally modify the position quo by building a road inside the Bhutanese place in violation of all contracts, Bhamre said. “Understand what Bhutan is saying. This tension can be resolved only at a diplomatic level; across the table, we can solve all the problems,” he added.

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