Hopeful that China will initiate dialogue soon: HM on Doklam

RSTV Bureau

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that he was hopeful that China will soon initiate a dialogue with India on the border stand-off in Sikkim.

“There is a deadlock in Doklam. I hope that this is broken soon, I am hopeful that China will initiate dialogue soon,” the Home Minister said.

Speaking at a function of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in New Delhi,  Singh made it clear that Indian security forces were capable of defending the country’s territories.

“Our security forces have all the power to protect Indian borders,” he said.

The ITBP guards the 4,057 km long Sino-Indian border against Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Addressing an event Home Minister said that India wants a friendly atmosphere with its neighboring countries.

“I want to convey a message to all neighboring countries that India wants peace,” Singh said.

For the past two months, both Indian Army and China’s People Liberation Army (PLA) have been engaged in a confrontational standoff at the Dokalam tri-junction between India, China, and Bhutan after Indian Army soldiers stopped PLA from constructing a road in the area.

The United States of America has also registered its concern over the face-off, encouraging the two countries to resolve the issue diplomatically.

Graphic representation of the location of the stand off between Indian Army and PLA near Sikkim border.

Graphic representation of the location of the stand off between Indian Army and PLA near Sikkim border.

India has also increased the strength of its troops with an increased deployment on Sikkim-Arunachal border since the face off began on June 16.

The increased deployment came after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated that both sides should first pull back their troops before any talks would take place and advocated a peaceful resolution of the border standoff.

Meanwhile, China has been demanding the immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Doklam.

The Ministry of External Affairs has also said they will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the issue asserting that peace and tranquility on the border is an important pre-requisite for a smooth bilateral relationship.