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On Bhutan, Baglay said there is a tradition of close coordination between New Delhi and Thimphu, adding that Bhutan's position on the Doklam standoff (that China should return to the status quo that was in place before the standoff) made it clear where the kingdom's relationship with India stood.

Earlier she had called an all-party meeting to apprise the opposition parties of the month-long chain of events and the steps initiated by the Narendra Modi Government.

Observing that China was demanding the withdrawal of the Indian troops from the tri-junction point, she said India has been saying that both countries would have to withdraw their armies before amicably resolving the dispute through talks. China's efforts to unilaterally change the status quo at the tri-junction poses a diresct threat to the security of India.

Asked whether India has briefed other countries on the issue, Baglay said it would not be appropriate for him to comment on diplomatic interactions on sensitive matters.

The road gives China access to the Jamphari Ridge, which overlooks the "Chicken's Neck" - a thin stretch of land that links mainland India to the seven northeastern states. "There has not been a death on the India-China border for forty years, and both sides have learned from experience as to how to manage their differences", added Jaishankar.

China has said it will hold talks with India only after Indian troops are withdrawn from the disputed territory.

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Calling China India's biggest enemy, Yadav claimed the neighbouring country is conspiring against India and is fully prepared to launch an attack on India.

"Our diplomatic channel is unimpeded and the withdrawal of the Indian border troops is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue and the communication between the two sides", Lu said. Analysts said the move would show the people of China the government is ready to protect them in the event that the standoff becomes more heated and violent.

The stand-off started more than a month ago when Indian troops stopped Chinese soldiers from building a road on the tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China. "But this time, they came with bulldozers and excavators and their intent was to reach the tri-junction, where Batang-la is the main point".

India's national security advisor Ajit Doval will be visiting China next week to attend the BRICS NSA meet on July 27-28.

"The PLA wanted to demonstrate it could easily overpower its Indian counterparts", said Beijing-based military commentator Zhou Chenming.


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