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Doval's Visit Will Not Lead to a Bilateral on Border Issues, Says Chinese Media

An article in Global Times said that the BRICS National Security Advisers' meeting is a routine conference held in preparation for the BRICS summit, not a platform to address Sino-Indian border skirmishes.

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Updated:July 25, 2017, 1:45 PM IST
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Doval's Visit Will Not Lead to a Bilateral on Border Issues, Says Chinese Media
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New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit to China for the BRICS Summit will not result in a bilateral meeting to resolve the current standoff between the two countries in Doklam, a Chinese media report said on Tuesday.

“As Doval is believed to be one of the main schemers behind the current border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops, the Indian media is pinning high hopes on the trip to settle the ongoing dispute,” the editorial in the state-run Global Times said.

"New Delhi should give up its illusions, and Doval's Beijing visit is most certainly not an opportunity to settle the standoff in accordance with India's will,” it added.

The daily said that the BRICS National Security Advisers' meeting is a routine conference held in preparation for the BRICS summit, not a platform to address Sino-Indian border skirmishes.

Maintaining that China would not yield for talks until New Delhi withdrew troops from the area, it said, “India brazenly crossed the Sino-Indian border in the Sikkim sector, and must correct its mistakes. China will neither jeer nor express gratitude for India's retreat.”

This comes after China on Monday hinted that a bilateral meeting could take place between National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and its state councillor Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of a BRICS NSAs meet in Beijing even as the two countries are engaged in a bitter standoff in Doklam.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, during a briefing, hinted at talks between Doval and Yang by saying that he cannot confirm it, but in the past BRICS NSAs meet, the officials have held bilateral meetings.

Lu’s remarks came after Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qianchines asserted that China will safeguard its security interests at "any cost" and said that India should not "harbour any unrealistic illusions".
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