New Delhi : Just a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj claimed a diplomatic success in the Lok Sabha in the 73-day long military standoff at Doklam in Bhutan last year, Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed her for buckling before China, betraying the Indian jawans.

In a tweet, he said: “Amazing how a lady like Sushma ji has buckled and prostrated herself in front of Chinese power. Absolute subservience to the leader means our brave jawan has been betrayed on the border.”

He was commenting on a report quoting an US official that Beijing has since quietly resumed road construction in the disputed Doklam plateau between Bhutan and China and India has not tried to dissuade it.

The official quoted in the report is Alice G Wells, the Principal Deputy assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, who deposed during an US Congressional hearing on increasing road building activities by China along the Indian border.

“Although both countries back down, China has quietly resumed its activities in Doklam and neither Bhutan nor India has sought to dissuade it. China’s activities in the Himalayas remind me of its south China Sea policies. How should our failure to respond to the militarisation of the South China Sea inform the international response to these Himalayan border disputes,” Wagner asked.

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