Sushma Swaraj to brief parties on Friday on Sikkim stand-off with China


New Delhi: Seeking to bring all political parties on-board regarding the ongoing border stand-off with China at the Sikkim border, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called for an all-party meeting on Friday.

China has warned that it will not accept any dialogue till India withdraws its soldiers from what Beijing claims as its territory in Doklam.  India and Bhutan say the land belongs to the tiny Himalayan kingdom.

China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for the past 26 days after a Chinese army’s construction party was stopped by Indian troops from building a road, in what China claims to be its territory.

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

China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. Bhutan, however, has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India.

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