Doklam standoff: Can NSA Doval tame the dragon?

Doklam standoff: Can NSA Doval tame the dragon?

Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is now in Beijing to attend the BRICS NSA's meeting. This is the first meeting between India's top security officials since the standoff started in mid June.

Earlier, there was a question mark on whether Doval and Yang would have a one-on-one meeting given that China had set the withdrawal of Indian troops from Donglang as a precondition for a "meaningful dialogue" on the standoff.

Officials in India confirmed that Doval, who will be taking part in the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting in Beijing, will be meeting President Xi. The two NSAs divulged on a range of bilateral strategic issues, reported news agency Xinhua.

He said that discussions will be held on topics, including global governance, anti-terrorism, internet security and energy security, as well as major worldwide and regional hotspot issues. Along with his BRICS counterparts will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow and will hold talks on India China Doklam. And the troops from the both sides should withdraw as Doklam belongs to its ally Bhutan.

The commentary made a strong plea to avoid the possibility of a war.




Geo-politically described as "a ham between two rocks", youth of tiny Himalayan nation Bhutan fear their country - that places happiness over anything else - would have to bear the trauma of a China-India war if the stand-off between the Asian giants does not get de-escalated.

Meanwhile, the government on Thursday said the issuance of stapled visas by China to the people of Arunachal Pradesh was raised with Beijing in bilateral meetings.

Doval is in Beijing to attend a two-day BRICS security summit but the focus has been on his bilateral interactions with the Chinese leadership against the backdrop of the standoff and intense speculation on whether the two sides would begin a conversation to ease tensions, if not resolve the impasse.

It said the talks between Doval and Yang included bilateral relations, global and regional issues and multilateral affairs. "Instead of being rivals, India and China have much more common ground, common interests and common aspirations. There is more than enough room for them to co-exist and thrive in Asia and in the world". We want that, if we are having a conversation, if we want to have talks, then both should withdraw their armies.

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