China rejects India's peace overture on Sikkim, offers to mediate on Kashmir

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China rejects India's peace overture on Sikkim, offers to mediate on Kashmir

"India's position of addressing all issues with Pakistan, including the Jammu and Kashmir issue, in a bilateral framework has not changed", said India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay. "It is likely that from time to time there are differences", Mr. Jaishankar said. The joint US-India-Japan naval exercises in the Indian Ocean and the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh seem to have added to China's suspicions. We have embassies in both countries.

As per the media reports India continues to upgrade its nuclear arsenal and redraft its nuclear doctrine with a primary focus on China, earlier the nuclear strategy of India used to be traditionally Pakistan being at the center stage.

The standoff between India and China on the Doklam Plateau, adjoining the tri-junction between India, China and Bhutan, is now a month-old and shows no signs of ending.

This week a Chinese expert said the way India was helping Bhutan in Doklam, China too can help Pakistan by sending its army in Kashmir.

"Both China and India are trying to politicise Bhutan's situation to their advantage, but history tells us that Bhutan has been better at handling China than India, in more ways than one", Bhutanese global relations specialist Passang Dorji told Nepali Times.

Criticising the Modi government, he said the previous Congress-led UPA regime had always kept the opposition in the loop on such critical issues. "Importance of India and China to remain engaged through diplomacy was underlined". He expressed some dismay that the efforts started by late National Security Advisor Brajesh Mishra to start a dialogue on the intransigent border issues seem to have been entirely negated by the Modi government in its insistence to make a "public spectacle' of its hostility to China".

A headline of an opinion piece on Monday in Firstpost, an Indian news portal, noted: "Another war with India will be an economic blunder for China". "India has openly sided with the USA positions on the South China Sea; India has opposed the Belt and Road Initiative", Karat said.

Sources said the opposition was informed about the ground situation in Dokalam area and what the government meant to do to de-escalate the border tension.

"We estimate India now operates seven nuclear-capable systems: two aircraft, four land-based ballistic missiles, and one sea-based ballistic missile", the article said.

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