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Closely following India-China border standoff: US

State Department Spokesman Heather Nauert said the US would encourage both India and China to engage in direct dialogue ‘aimed at reducing tensions’.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2017 08:13 IST
Press Trust of India, Washington
India-China border dispute,China,Sikkim standoff
Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face-off in Dokalam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. (AFP File Photo)

The United States is closely and carefully following the border standoff between India and China the Trump Administration said on Friday, urging the two countries to engage in dialogue to “reduce tension”.

“This is a situation that we are following closely and carefully.I’d have to refer you to the governments of India and China for more information on that,” State Department Spokesman Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference.

Responding to a question, she said the Indians and Chinese are talking on those issues.

“They’re going to talk to one another,” she said ahead of National Security Adviser Ajit K Doval’s visit to Beijing to attend the BRICS meeting on July 27 and 28.

“We would encourage them to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions,” Nauert said.

India said on Thursday it is ready for talks with China with both sides first pulling back their armies to end the tense standoff in the Sikkim sector, stressing the need for a “peaceful resolution” of border issues.

China, however, said on Thursday diplomatic channels with India remained “unimpeded” to discuss the military standoff but reiterated that the withdrawal of the Indian troops from Doklam area is a “precondition” for any meaningful dialogue.

Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face- off in Dokalam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan for over a month after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area. China claimed it was constructing the road within its territory, and has been demanding immediate pull-out of the Indian troops.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 08:13 IST