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Ajit Doval meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

Ajit Doval meets Chinese President Xi Jinping

| | 28 Jul 2017, 04:46 pm
Beijing, July 28 (IBNS): National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday met Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Doval also attended the BRICS Meeting of High Representatives for Security Issues.

"NSA Shri Ajit Doval attends the 7th #BRICS Meeting of High Representatives for Security Issues in Beijing today," Embassy of India in Beijing tweeted.

"NSA Shri Ajit Doval met with President Xi Jinping along with other #BRICS High Representatives for Security Issues," it said.

Doval met the Chinese leader amid rising tension between the two nations over the border standoff at Sikkim.

China asked  India on Monday not to  nurture  "illusory thinking" about the Chinese army's ability and immediately withdraw its troops from the Doka La border,  Xinhua news agency reported.

"The 90-year history of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) demonstrated that the army's ability to safeguard the national sovereignty and territorial integrity has continued to strengthen. It is easier to shake the mountains than to shake the PLA," defense ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said at a press conference  in Beijing.

"China's border forces have put in place emergency response measures and will further enhance targeted deployment and training. China will safeguard its territorial sovereignty and security interests at all costs,"  W said.

The warning he issued comes amid a heightened tension in the relationship between the two countries following a standoff at the disputed Doka La  plateau at the next to Sikkim at the India-China-Bhutan border tri-junction.

According to China, Indian troops have crossed into its territory to obstruct work on a road.

Bhutan also lays claim on the region and India considers the Chinese activities in the region a threat to its own security.

Bu Wu said : "The Doklam region is part of China's territory. China has every right to build road in its own territory."

"India should immediately withdraw its troops to the Indian side of the boundary with China, which is a precondition and basis for resolving the conflict. India should take practical measures to correct its wrongdoing, stop provocation and jointly safeguard peace in the border regions," he said. .

"The Chinese border troops have taken initial counter measures at the site and will step up targeted deployment and training."

"India should not leave things to luck and not harbor any unrealistic illusions," he said, adding that the military had taken emergency measures in the region and would continue to increase focused deployments and drills.

India has said it warned China that construction of the road near their common border would have serious security implications.

Image: Embassy of India in Beijing Twitter page

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