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Doklam issue will be resolved peacefully: Bhutan Foreign Minister

11 August 2017

The countdown to a clash between the Indian and Chinese forces has begun, warned a China Daily editorial on Wednesday.

India and Bhutan on Friday held their first high-level meeting after the Doklam standoff, with Bhutanese Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji meeting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here, and expressing hope that the situation is resolved peacefully.

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Both the leaders are here to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the countries of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), a grouping of countries in South Asia and South East Asia. "EAM meets with FM of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of BIMSTEC Foreign Ministers' meet", India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ravish Kumar tweeted with a picture of both leaders meeting. "This is why we are standing with India", said Tashi Dhondup, the group's spokesman, adding that China was "illegally occupying" the area. "Both reviewed all aspects of India-Bhutan partnership which is wide ranging".

Official sources in the Bhutanese Government had told ANI over phone, "Our position on the border issue of Doklam is very clear".

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In the backdrop of the Doklam standoff, Chinese Navy has reached out to India to maintain security China in Indian Ocean amid increasing concerns in New Delhi over the growing presence of the PLA fleet in India's backyard.

While India and Bhutan have said that China's actions violated the status quo in the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction, Beijing has claimed that the area is a part of Chinese territory and called for the withdrawal of Indian troops.

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The Foreign Ministry has dismissed a media report that China offered to reposition its troops to resolve the tension with India in the Donglang (Doklam) area.

Doklam issue will be resolved peacefully: Bhutan Foreign Minister