US expresses concern over India-China standoff

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He said that it was important to remember that, "At that time, don't forget, we were negotiating a nuclear deal with the United States which China thought perhaps that India was moving closer to the United States, and this may also act as restraint on China".

"We need to pick and choose what are the really key issues on which we need to confront China".

"As long as it was between China and Bhutan about their border dispute, we had no problem". "Nationalist fervour that demands revenge against China has taken root in India since the border war".

Swaraj praised Bhutan, one of the world's smallest countries, for taking an "aggressive" stand and not bowing to its giant neighbour. "Bhutan has lodged a written protest".

It also emphasises the importance of legal education and awareness among the border dwellers so as to make them aware of the domestic laws applicable in each other's country.

The Minister said the Chinese action "is a challenge to our security" and India was not doing anything unreasonable.

Army sources say China needs at least nine times the strength of Indian troops to have any impact and so far no red flags have been raised by the Indian army.

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New Delhi has been trying to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed parliament that all countries, including Bhutan, are with India with regard to the Dokhlam Plateau stand-off."India wants that troops are removed from the tri-junction point to discuss the issue together". The hardware was moved simultaneously by road and rail from across the entire region in late June, a report in the PLA Daily run by the Chinese Army said.

The Minister said China has been constructing roads earlier too, but now they have brought in bulldozers and excavators.

The diplomatic community in Beijing has been told that the dispute is between China and Bhutan, and the Indian soldiers have "jumped in". Amid the standoff, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval would be in Beijing on July 27-28 to attend a meeting of the NSAs from BRICS nations.

The advancement of ties between Nepal and China calls for a revision and possibly better management of India's ties with Nepal, a recent report has said.

"I would not like to go into the details of how and between whom and when such conversations have taken place, if they have taken place", he said, during his weekly briefing. "It has made full preparation to attack India", the 77-year-old political leader from Uttar Pradesh was quoted to have said.

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