Modi, Xi meet likely during G20 Summit

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jul 2017 09:13:50



AGAINST the backdrop of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops on the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping when leaders of the BRICS nations hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7.

“A meeting of BRICS leaders will take place in Hamburg on the sidelines of the G20 Summit on July 7,” a source here said on Tuesday. “The meeting is expected to have the presence of Prime Minister Modi and the Chinese President,” the source said. China on Monday said India was using Bhutan to “cover up” the illegal entry by Indian troops into “Chinese territory” and demanded their immediate withdrawal.

Earlier, seeing Chinese troops, personnel of a Bhutan Army camp on a ridge at a place called Zompelri rushed down and confronted the Chinese and told them that they cannot unilaterally change the existing status quo in the tri-junction.
Indian Army personnel, who were present in the Doka La, too rushed to the spot to help the Bhutanese soldiers. However, by that time the PLA had pushed back the Bhutanese and then came to a face-to-face situation with the Indian Army personnel.

The Indian soldiers too made it clear to the Chinese soldiers that they had no business changing the existing unilateral status quo in the tri-junction.
There is no Chinese territory between India’s border in the Sikkim sector with Bhutan.