China offers to mediate between India, Pakistan

Geng Shuang China’s foreign ministry spokesperson

It is more interesting when China openly demonstrating hostility against India on global forums and on India's border (LAC). Beijing appears to be trying to drive a wedge between Bhutan and India, using the under-the-surface exasperation many Bhutanese feel about India's dominance. History says the seeds of the India-Bhutan friendship were sown in 1958 when then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited Bhutan that shares a 605-km long border with India and 470-km with China.

"We had concerns. We told the government to deescalate the situation and resolve the crisis by diplomatically engaging with China without compromising on India's security interests", he said. As part of its controversial "One Belt, One Road" project, which India did not approve, Beijing has been constructing into its ally and through Indian territory under Pakistan's illegal occupation amid doubts over who really benefits.

The Congress said it would attend a briefing of opposition parties by the government on the stand-off with China and the Kashmir situation later today, and asked the Modi dispensation to "share full information" on the issues. For China, border line is the bottom line. Since Monday, all of China's top state-run media platforms, through opinions, editorials and expert interviews, warned India of "consequences", slowing down of growth, the dangers of politicising the Dalai Lama and criticism from the worldwide community. Bhutan's objection to construction activities by China in the disputed Doklam area, conveyed through diplomatic channels, was possibly expected by China.

The article said that although Agni-4 will be capable of striking targets in almost all of China from northeastern India, New Delhi is also developing a longer-range missile Agni-5 that is capable of delivering a warhead more than 5,000 kilometres.

"That adjustment will result in significantly new capabilities being deployed over the next decade that may influence how India views nuclear weapons' role against Pakistan", the article added. It has been noticed that Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar recently has made positive remarks in Singapore, saying that "India and China should not let differences become disputes". "India should rectify its mistakes and show sincerity to avoid an even more serious situation creating more significant consequences".

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