Ajit Doval To Attend BRICS Meeting In China Today, Doklam Standoff Likely On Agenda

Current News Service (CNS)

Bejing, July 27, CNS: Ajit Doval is in China to attend BRICS top security officials meeting beginning today. The National Security Advisor, who arrived on Beijing yesterday, is expected to hold talks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the ongoing Sikkim standoff. 
The meeting of security chiefs of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa ends on Friday.
Both Ajit Doval and Mr Yang are Special Representatives of the India-China border mechanism. As per the official programme, Mr Doval will also call on Chinese President Xi Jinping tomorrow along with fellow top security officials of the BRICS countries.
Chinese and Indian troops have been locked in a face-off in the tri-junction area for more than a month since Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the area.
China claimed that it was constructing the road within its territory. India protested the construction, fearing it would allow China to cut India's access to its northeastern states.
Ahead of Ajit Doval's visit, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang yesterday reiterated that no meaningful dialogue can be held with India until it "unconditionally" withdraws troops from the Doklam area.

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