India rejects China's offer on Kashmir, says ready for dialogue with Pakistan

An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard after a ceremony to mark the 85th anniversary of Kashmiris slain by the army of a Hindu king in Srinagar

India rejects China's offer on Kashmir, says ready for dialogue with Pakistan

China has offered to mediate in Kashmir.

On being asked about the almost month-long stand off in Dokalam on Thursday, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said,"We have diplomatic channels available".

He said that "The situation in the Kashmir has attracted attention of the world community". "We have accumulated a lot of experience on both sides in addressing a number of matters".

Earlier Beijing had said the conflict between India and Pakistan is threatening peace and stability in the region.

The two Asian powers are now engaged in a border standoff over Beijing's One Belt One Road initiative - a trade corridor to connect China with Pakistan - which has run into controversy because of the proposed route plan that includes disputed areas. But this time it is a totally different case.

India seems to be now searching for a solution to the face off, with China showing no sign of blinking.

The Chinese government has said that they have every right to build a road on their territory. It said that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to a border stand-off and alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim section of the Indo-China border.

Bhutan has also lodged a formal protest to China, saying the road violates a bilateral agreement.

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In a commentary published Monday, titled "India must understand borderline is bottom line", state-run news agency Xinhua, stated that India had "blatantly" trespassed on sovereign Chinese territory.

" Myanmar is unlikely to do a stupid thing like supporting India's stand on the tensions in the border area, as that would risk cutting its economic ties with China". This time, it involves the India-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in the Sikkim sector, which remained by and large incident- free since 2003. While he had not confirmed that whether National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will be travelling to China on 26 July or not. It has accused India of "ulterior motives" and of being in violation of worldwide law. "Modi's policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir". Also, both the countries are led by staunch nationalist leaders at present. It had warned against using the Dalai Lama card amid the border row.

Over the last four weeks of this standoff, the Ministry of External Affairs has issued only one statement compared to the bellicose briefings by the Chinese Foreign Ministry, virtually on a daily basis.

The opposition, particularly the Congress, has criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the confrontation and the way the situation is being handled.

India has always opposed the intervention of any third country over Kashmir dispute.

Beijing is categorical that it will not accept any Indian offer for talks, until the troops are withdrawn.

China has a will to solve the problem peacefully by diplomatic means, and China also cherishes the peace and serenity in the border areas, but the precondition is that the trespassers of India must withdraw unconditionally.

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