India responsible for border mess, must pull back: Chinese Foreign Minister

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval To Attend BRICS Meeting In China Today Doklam Likely On Agenda

Ajit Doval is expected to hold talks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Doklam

Doval's visit is being watched closely, particularly his likely bilateral meeting with China's state councillor Yang Jiechi with whom he could discuss the ongoing standoff in Doklam.

Besides Doval and Yang, Minister of State Security David Mahlobo of South Africa, Minister Sergio Etchegoyen of the Office of Institutional Security of the Presidency of Brazil, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev of the Russian Federation will also attend the NSAs meeting.

He discussed issues concerning bilateral relations, worldwide and regional issues and multilateral affairs with the visiting security officials, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The NSA arrived here on Wednesday to take part in the two-day Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) NSAs meeting being hosted by Yang.

Bilateral ties have been strained since the Indian Army stopped China from constructing a road in Sikkim sector's Doklam area.

With the ministry of foreign affairs of the Royal Bhutan government remaining tight-lipped for almost a month since issuing a statement on June 29 demanding status quo in the Doklam area to June 16 position and asserting that construction of a road inside Bhutanese territory is direct violation of written agreements between China and Bhutan in 1988 and 1998, many Bhutanese youth have expressed their restlessness over their government not taking the lead to bring down tension.

"China hopes to maintain the peace and stability of the China-India border area, but certainly will not make any compromise on issues of territorial sovereignty", Reuters cited Lu as saying.

Talking about Astana consensus, Singh said India and China must not allow differences to become disputes. Along with his BRICS counterparts will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow and will hold talks on India China Doklam. Indian troops halted the work in mid June, leading to the crisis. "In other words, (the) Indian side admitted (crossing) into Chinese territory".

China has told India repeatedly to withdraw troops from Doklam, which it calls as its own territory. "This is a precondition basis for any meaningful talks between the two countries", Lu said.

He also said China should stop making aggressive statements, adding that China is not only "bullying India but the rest of the world".

This is the first time in weeks that the official media ran a commentary without demanding withdrawal of Indian troops from the disputed Doklam region.

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