China Broder stand-off: Ajit Doval to visit China for BRICS meet

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Speaking to media Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, a former defence minister, said China betrayed Nehru and would behave similarly with the NDA government if it let its guard down.

India has said that it will continue to use diplomatic channels with China to resolve the Doklam stand off and insisted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held "conversation on a range of issues" in Hamburg during the G20 Summit.

During the recent standoff in the Doklam region between China and India, India has claimed that the region in Yadong county, China's Tibet Autonomous Region, belongs to Bhutan and that China is trying to grab it, Global Times reported.

In his Facebook post after the meeting, Yechury also claimed that the government had no answers when the opposition expressed "puzzlement" as to why no terror group took responsibility for the attack. "Importance of India and China to remain engaged through diplomacy was underlined", MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

In Jammu and Kashmir, seven pilgrims were killed by gunmen in Anantnag district while returning from the Amarnath cave shrine on Monday. The opposition felt that his views and the all round condemnation of the attack had provided the stage for talks.

Leaders of all prominent opposition parties, including the Congress, attended the meeting.

As the impasse festered, opposition parties criticised the government for what they said not taking them into confidence on issues of national interest and security.

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Ms Nauert added that Washington is anxious not only about the welfare of Mr Liu, 61, but of other dissidents held by China. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while serving his sentence.

"We had concerns. We told the government to deescalate the situation and resolve the crisis by diplomatically engaging with China without compromising on India's security interests", he said.

He also strongly rejected allegations by Pakistan that India was using chemical weapons in Kashmir, saying India is against the use of chemical weapon anywhere by anyone in any situation.

After the meeting, Sitaram Yechury of the CPI (M) said the government assured them that "they'll tackle the situation through dialogue".

The meeting convened by the Centre was jointly headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, wanted to know why the bus took four hours for a two-hour journey and why it was allowed to travel at night.

Government chief spokesperson Frank Noronha said the basic goal of the meeting was to apprise MPs from different parties about situation along Sino-Indian border and on terrorist attack on Amarnath Yatris. The opposition parties had earlier said the government had not kept them informed over the developments in Dokalam.