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US Wants 'Direct Dialogue' Between India and China to Defuse Doklam Tensions

The US State Department said both sides should “come up with a better arrangement for peace”. China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16.

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Updated:July 19, 2017, 9:14 AM IST
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US Wants 'Direct Dialogue' Between India and China to Defuse Doklam Tensions
In this September 4, 2016 photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China. (Wang Zhou via Getty Images)
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New Delhi: Expressing concern over the India-China border standoff in Sikkim sector, the US has said it would encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tension between the regional giants.

"I know that the US is concerned about the ongoing situation there," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily news conference.

"We believe that both parties, both sides should work together to try to come up with some better sort of arrangement for peace," Nauert said.

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers on June 16.

Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.

"We encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions," a State Department official told PTI on Tuesday.

Responding to questions on the border standoff, the official refrained from saying anything else. "We refer you to the governments of India and China for further information," the official said.

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