India Maintains Silence

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New Delhi: While China continues its belligerent rhetoric over the Sikkim Standoff, India continues to hold its tongue.

On Friday, India’s Ministry of External Affairs refused to confirm or deny whether New Delhi received advanced notice from China over its road construction, and how it responded.

When questioned about China’s claims over the road construction, foreign ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said: “I am not ready to go into details of diplomatic interactions. I am neither confirming nor denying, but just saying that I don’t want to go into details.”

This comes after Chinese diplomats told journalists in Delhi that Beijing had informed India about the project in May.

Meanwhile China has launched a diplomatic blitz to counter India’s position on Doklam standoff, with its mission in Kathmandu briefing Nepal authorities about the dispute.

China’s decision to discuss the issue with Nepal is significant because, first, India shares a tri-junction with Nepal and China in a disputed area and, second, Nepal is one country in the neighbourhood India is struggling to maintain its sphere of influence.

Unlike China, India has so far not made it public whether or not it has briefed foreign missions about its position on the issue.

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