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China unusually aggressive in its position on Dokalam: Jaishankar briefs parliamentary panel

Jaishankar was speaking before a parliamentary panel on the issue of India-China standoff. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 18, 2017, 04.29 PM (IST)

China's stand on the Dokalam dispute has been unusually aggressive and articulate, foreign secretary S Jaishankar is believed to have said before a parliamentary panel, according to some committee members, reported PTI.

“Jaishankar told us that China’s aggression and rhetoric on the recent standoff is unusual but it is not that complicated as it is being projected in some quarters. We will continue to engage with them through diplomatic channels,” one of the members said, reported PTI.

Jaishankar used the word standoff instead of words like “war-like situation or conflict”  to describe the current situation at Dokalam, another member said, according to PTI.

Jaishankar said that the Indian side has outlined its position on the border and the Chinese have their own position but they are misinterpreting it and India is trying to clarify it, PTI said.

He further added that the Indian government is engaged with China to defuse the tension through diplomatic channels.

Jaishankar, in a lecture he delivered at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, had said that there is no reason to believe that India and China cannot resolve the standoff just as they have done in the past.

Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction for a month now.

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