India rejects China's offer to mediate in Kashmir issue

Chinese soldier standing guard at the Nathu La border crossing between India and China

The Opposition seems to be in no mood to let Parliament function easily, and multiple disruptions, as witnessed in the previous sessions, are likely to dominate the proceedings this time around as well. It warned India that China will have to take the necessary precautions to protect its territory and its soldiers and India will have to take responsibility for that. "Those channels will continue to be used".

Terming India and Pakistan important South Asian countries, Beijing noted that the "situation in Kashmir has attracted the attention of the global community".

Beijing also snubbed Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar's remarks that he sees no reason why the two nations couldn't resolve existing differences when they have resolved past differences over the border successfully.

"We have been asking the government to take the opposition into confidence as the situation on the Indo-China-Bhutan borer in Doklam has been a matter of grave concern which has national security implications", he said.

"It is not for me to comment on what ground the two leaders covered", he added.

The comments came at a time when India and China are disagreeing over the construction of a road in the Doklam area near the Sikkim state of India.

China has "breached and encroached" territory at the disputed Doklam area, the government told opposition parties on Friday during a briefing on the latest India-China standoff and the militant attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

An article in Asia Times in 2016 commented on the said statement of Doval: "He (Doval) said at the Munich Security Conference in New Delhi in October 2014 that "India would not compromise on its territorial interests", when the very objective of the meetings of the Special Representatives of the two countries is to seek a compromise on the dispute".

They say India and Bhutan have long cherished ties - even sharing common Buddhist traditions - and they feel themselves more secure in the hands of India.

The article listed several merits that India will have by improving its relations with China.

The spokesperson said, India's position on addressing all issues including Kashmir with Pakistan in bilateral framework has not changed.

Bhutan has also lodged a formal protest to China, saying the road violates a bilateral agreement.

In fact the boundary issue that the Vajpayee and later the Manmohan Singh governments had tried to keep inside the bottle, seems to have burst out with India flexing its specific anti-China muscles in the public space, and Beijing upping the ante.

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