Govt briefs oppn leaders on China, Kashmir

China-India border tension: Rajanth Singh, Sushma to brief Opposition

Mulayam Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Sitaram Yechury from CPM, Sharad Yadav and K.C. Tyagi of JD (U), Tariq Anwar from NCP and Derek O' Brien from Trinamul Congress were also a part of the meeting. "Otherwise, under India's logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country's army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir", stated an opinion piece Sunday.

People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, has published editorials, which can be dubbed as a clear warning to India against "encroaching" on its territory.

The government also briefed the leaders on the attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag in which seven Amarnath pilgrims were shot dead by militants when they returning from the shrine.

"National security is priority of INC, advised them to tackle situation diplomatically, rising above politics for national interest", said Congress leader Anand Sharma.

In response to the opposition leaders' call for using "active diplomatic channels", the Centre said it is engaged in negotiations to ease the tension in the Doklam region of the Sikkim sector.

The meeting held at Home Minister Rajnath Singh's residence was also attended by BJP President Amit Shah. Everybody has promised to support the government.

Jaishankar's presentation traced the genesis of the dispute, with the Opposition being informed about how Chinese troops entered Indian territory in May and June, and destroyed an old post, said sources.

Yechury reiterated the opposition's position that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has "worsened" in the past three years and asked the government to correct its "faulty" approach.

The ministers insisted the attack was not the result of a security lapse but occurred because the bus was not registered with authorities and drove through the area long after security forces had withdrawn.

Analysts told Voice of America the Chinese construction project is the latest border encroachment on Bhutan in an ongoing attempt to exert influence there and peel away India's closest ally in Southeast Asia.

India, however, is adamant; it and the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, which does not even have diplomatic relations with China, will not permit Beijing to gain the upper hand in the Doklam. "Bhutan would prefer maintaining friendly and equidistant ties with both India and China", P. Stobdan, a former Indian ambassador and senior fellow at the New Delhi-based Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, told Sputnik. Pointing to China's "hostility and aggressive posturing ... both on our land borders and sea", Prakash says, "realpolitik demands India" ensure "a favourable regional balance-of-power through cooperation and partnerships; striking short-term alliances if necessary".

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