China cancels Narendra Modi-Jinping meet: India rebukes China’s claim, says no meeting was scheduled
Beijing/China, July 6: There will be no bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg as Beijing has said that “the atmosphere is not right” for a formal or bilateral meeting between both the leaders. The statement comes amid a lengthy standoff between the armies of the two countries on Line of Actual control adjoining Sikkim on India’s eastern border.
Meanwhile, India in its statement said that no meeting has been scheduled with Chinese President Xi Jinping. And thus it is not possible to cancel a non-existent meeting.
“The atmosphere is not right for a bilateral meeting between President Xi and Prime Minister Modi,” Chinese Foreign Ministry official said ahead of the G-20 Summit in the German city of Hamburg starting from Friday. New Delhi has expressed its serious apprehensions over Beijing constructing a road in the Sikkim sector of the LAC. The two leaders had met last month at the SCO Summit in Astana. India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.
Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle. It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-China border. Beijing has accused New Delhi of violating a convention signed in 1890 between Britain and China relating to Sikkim and Tibet.
India-China Sikkim border standoff is a deadlock between Indian and Chinese soldiers over the construction of a road by the latter in Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction. The standoff has been continuing for over three weeks, adding tension to the Sino-Indian relations. Dokalam is the Bhutanese name of the region which is recognised by India as Doka La. China claims it as a part of its Donglang region. At present, China and Bhutan are engaged in talks over the resolution of the area. However, Bhutan has no diplomatic ties with China and it is supported militarily and diplomatically by India.
Doka La is also India’s last military post on the trijunction of its boundary with Bhutan and China, according to reports. The standoff started after Chinese army’s construction party came to build a road in the Dokalam region, which overlooks the strategic Chumbi Valley, last month. On June 29, IE reported diplomatic sources as saying the row on the Doklam plateau involved “troops serving India’s Brigade-sized mission at Ha – a formation meant to train Bhutan’s armed forces, but which also deploys alongside the Royal Bhutan Army to patrol its frontiers against China.”