Sikkim standoff continues: India sticks to its guns on Chinese diplomacy!

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the government has not ruled out talks with any party in Jammu and Kashmir.

The government briefed the leaders about the Chinese incursion as tension between the two Asian giants escalated in the past three weeks over the standoff at Doklam, located at a narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan.

India's government immediately seized on Monday night's atrocity to intensify repression of the mass protests that have convulsed Jammu and Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority state, for the past year.

Azad also said that all opposition parties have assured the government that when it comes to territorial integrity of the country they all stand united.

On the China issue, sources said that the government maintained that it wanted good relations with its neighbours but did not want to compromise on the country's security and strategic interests.

In the China State Council Information Office (SCIO)-run China Daily, Lin Minwang, a researcher at the Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai, wrote, "It is becoming clear that India is ready to serve as an ally of the USA rather than a swing power that honours independent, non-aligned diplomacy".

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Indian officials said the nation remains willing to negotiate a settlement with Pakistan over the disputed territory, but only between the two nations and with no global mediators involved. "...don't blame us that (we) didn't warn you!" it said.

The Opposition is also likely to corner the government on raids by investigating agencies on leaders of Opposition parties, like Trinamool leaders and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members.

CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the government conveyed about the efforts being carried out to resolve the dispute with China.

Early in June, Indian soldiers stopped Chinese troops from constructing a new road that Delhi has described as a major security concern because it gives China access to the Chicken's Neck - a thin strip of land that connects mainland India to its seven north-eastern states. He also said it was very unusual that nobody took responsibility for the attack as "usually terrorists want to claim credit to further their plans". "We have faith in the decisions being taken at the border", he told reporters here. This was because it was painfully aware that a key U.S. strategic aim is to harness India to its anti-China offensive and feared an aggressive response would only drive New Delhi into Washington's welcoming embrace.

They say India and Bhutan have long cherished ties - even sharing common Buddhist traditions - and they feel themselves more secure in the hands of India.

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