MEA: Will continue to engage with China to resolve Dokalam

RSTV Bureau

India China flagsIn a press briefing held on Friday, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that India will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff.

MEA also asserted that peace and tranquility at the border was an important pre-requisite for smooth bilateral relationship between the two countries.

“We will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

When asked about reports of a scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh on August 15, Kumar said, “Such incidents are not in the interest of either side.”

MEA informed the press that two border personnel meetings (BPMs) had taken place between Indian border guards and the Chinese troops.

Kumar also revealed that China hadn’t yet shared any hydrological data with India on the flooding in the Brahmaputra river this year. The sharing of hydrological data was a norm until now between the two countries. But Kumar also cautioned the matter should not be linked to the ongoing standoff in Dokalam.

For weeks India and China have been unable to find a mutually-acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff. China has categorically warned India to remove troops completely from the region before any form of talks take place. China claims Dokalam as its territory and wants India to to completely remove soldiers from the region.

(With inputs from PTI)