Amidst standoff, Pak's Abdul Basit meets with Chinese ambassador in India

Sikkim standoff: Pak game plan in focus as envoy meets Chinese ambassador to India

According to The Times of India, the United States commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has said that China's $347 million trade deficit with his country was not the result of organic market forces but rather the absence of "fair, equitable and reciprocal" relationship between the two countries. "If China wants to discuss the matter, both sides should withdraw their forces and talk, '" she said. Gokhale was in New Delhi recently to brief the Indian leadership about his assessment of China's stand-it has been insisting that to find a peaceful solution, India should first have to withdraw its troops from Doko-La, an area China claims as its own. They also did not provide any explanation for the moves, which ruled out any progress at the talks, according to the media reports. No other country will support India's aggression.

India claims that Chinese control over the contested Doklam would position it, in the event of war, to seize the Siliguri corridor-a narrow slice of Indian territory, squeezed between Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, that links West Bengal and the rest of India with its seven northeastern states.

Warning New Delhi to not be stubborn, the editorial warns of "a potentially grave escalation of tension in the future" and that India should be "prepared for all possibilities".

It asserted that India should not count on support of U.S. and Japan "because their support is illusory".

Earlier this month, the US, Japan and India conducted what they boasted was the largest ever Indian Ocean naval exercise. Conversely, Sushma said that the boundaries between India and China are yet to be finalised and the two nations will do that bilaterally through a mechanism already set up, while the same between China and Bhutan too will be done through talks. This was the first time that Japan had joined India and USA in their annual bilateral naval exercises.

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The article ends on an ominous note, saying that India would risk "losing face and be totally disgraced" besides losing its political clout. Similarly, when the Chinese intruded the Sumdorong Chu area in Arunachal Pradesh in 1986, they faced a measured, but strong Indian reaction.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval would be going to Beijing later this month to attend the BRICS NSA meeting on July 27-28.

Amidst the crisis in full bloom, PM Naredra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping had a brief but cordial meeting on the sidelines of the Hamburg G-20 Summit some weeks back, expressing satisfaction over their cooperation in the BRICS platform. Defence Department spokesperson Gary Ross said in a statement to the media: "We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions and free of any coercive aspects".

Mr Ross, however, refused to take sides on the issue.

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