Bhutan hopes Dokalam standoff will be resolved peacefully

Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji ahead of a bilateral meeting in Kathmandu

Sushma Swaraj shakes hands with Bhutanese foreign minister Damcho Dorji ahead of a bilateral meeting in Kathmandu

For seven weeks now, China and India have faced off over the Doklam plateau, an area disputed by China and India's ally Bhutan.

The two ministers met on sidelines of the Bimstec Foreign Ministers' meeting here.

"China's position on solving this incident is clear and firm". India said both sides should withdraw their forces. Ever since then, there has been a stand-off between India and China over the issue of Doklam.

In a recent development surrounding Doklam, the government of Bhutan has refuted Chinese claims of Thimpu telling Beijing that the territory in the Sikkim sector does not belong to Bhutan.

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China has been ramping up rhetoric against India over the last few weeks demanding immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from Dokalam.

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India has also cited the Bhutanese Foreign Ministry as emphasizing that "the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory is a direct violation of the 1988 and 1998 agreements between Bhutan and China and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between these two countries". The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has planted its feet and claimed the Chinese project threatens India's security.

India aims to nullify the Convention Between Great Britain and China Relating to Sikkim and Tibet so it can change the only defined sector on the China-India boundary into an "undefined" one, Zhao said.

New Delhi, Aug 11 Amid the border stand-off with China, Defence Minister Arun Jaitely today rejected reports about shortage of ammunition and asserted that the armed forces have enough quantity to face any eventuality. Bhutan had also stated that the Chinese Army had started constructing a road in Doklam from Dokola towards the Bhutan Army camp on June 16, 2017.

Dozens of Tibetan exiles held a rally August 11 in New Delhi in support of India in the ongoing border standoff with Chinese forces over disputed territory high in the Himalayas.

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