India, China should resolve border issues through direct dialogue


Doklam, in the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, is claimed by Beijing and Thimphu.

As India-China relations deteriorate amid fierce words from both sides, there have also been uproars demanding restrictions or limitations to Chinese import.

Although the two countries have a system in place - "flag meetings" involving military officials from both sides - to defuse tensions on the border, Tuesday's clash casts doubt over its effectiveness.

The United States (US) government wants India and China nations to resolve their issues having direct talks regarding India-China border standoff in the Sikkim sector.Expressing the concern over both the nations, US State Department said, it would encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tensions between the regional nations. One third of the lake is under Indian control while rest is with China.

The official said the event was marked more informally, with troops from both sides exchanging candies at several places, including the Doklam area, where the stand-off has lasted nearly two months.

On June 16, the Indian Army stopped the Chinese PLA from building a road in Doklam, leading to the face-off.

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China did not comment directly on the reported incident, but called on India to comply with earlier agreements and help maintain peace and stability along the border. On the occasion, the armies of the two countries have discussions and group activities and also take part in sports.

China has repeatedly warned of an escalation if India did not order its troops back. "There was some stone pelting from the Chinese side but the situation was quickly brought under control", he told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Wednesday said it has asked 21 smartphone manufacturers across the world - of which majority are Chinese - to share the security procedures and processes they have undertaken to ensure security of mobile phone devices.

"We always patrol along the Chinese line of control".

The two nuclear-armed neighbours fought a brief war in 1962 in India's border state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Earlier this month, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that India's "intrusion" had not only violated China's territorial sovereignty, but also challenged Bhutan's sovereignty and independence.