Amid Doklam standoff, Sushma meets Bhutanese Foreign Minister

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Although there was not any official statement declared in regard to the meeting between the two leaders, the meeting was at the scrim of the present standoff in Dokhlam, a tri junction between India, China and Bhutan.

The Spokesperson's Office told China Daily on Thursday that the report is not true.

Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that the Indian armed forces are strong enough to meet any challenge to the country's security.

Sun Hongnian, a borderland expert of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, called the Reuters report "fake news" coming possibly from India, which "intends to turn Donglang into a disputed area".

Indian and Chinese troops are in a tense standoff situation since mid-June at Doklam in the Sikkim sector after a construction party of China's People's Liberation Army entered the Doklam region ostensibly to build a road there. However, it was very much a bilateral issue between India and China, McAllister said.

India had honored the convention until Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration refused, Zhao said.

"Jaitley's remarks are the toughest since those recently made by Indian politicians, which also send a signal to China that India is preparing for possible military clashes". Meanwhile, the news came that due to the tension on the border, the Indian Army has started evacuating the nearby villages. China has accused Indian troops of trespassing into Doklam or Donglang, a region which is controlled by Beijing but is claimed by Thimphu.



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