Matter simultaneously raised by Indian mission in Beijing

New York : Chinese Ambassador Le Yucheng on Wednesday met senior officials in the External Affairs Ministry here even as India said it has raised a couple of times the issue of continued standoff in Demchok and Chumar region with China -both here and in Beijing- in last one week.

“…Since our two leaders met and discussed issues relating to recent events on the border, there have been several follow-up issues that have been taken up by engagement at different levels in different places by India and China. In essence, I can tell you diplomacy is at work, it is quietly at work,” the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson said.

According to sources, the matter has been raised by Indian mission in Beijing and also with the Chinese embassy officials here.

Significantly, Le’s meeting comes a day after Indian Army said that Chinese Army has sought a flag meeting.        The two flag meetings in the last ten days had made no progress in resolving the crisis.

Meanwhile, accusing the Narendra Modi government of not being serious about Chinese intrusions, Congress today demanded that the Prime Minister appoint a Special Representative to carry forward the talks on border issues as “diplomacy is not event management”.

“I would like to advice Prime Minister that diplomacy is not event management, state craft is very complex. He should show seriousness by appointing the Special Representative so that he can engage with Representative of Chinese government and Chinese President to discuss this border issue,” Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said.

For over a week, 1000 Chinese and 1500 Indian soldiers have been ranged against each other on Indian territory, after the Chinese incursion in the Indian territory in the region.

On the other hand, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy was cautiously optimistic about the Chinese Army seeking flag meetings, but also reminded that India has the strength to defeat the Chinese if such a situation arises.

“They want to talk, that’s a good sign. India has already made it clear that they will not withdraw unless China agrees to withdraw at the same time or even before. We are two big nations together we constitute 40 percent of world’s population or nearly that. We are neighbours, we have special responsibility to be on good terms,” Swamy told ANI here while responding on the Chinese Army seeking a flag meeting with their Indian counterpart.

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