Unable To Solve Sikkim Standoff, China Offers To 'Mediate' On Kashmir

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| July 13 , 2017 , 07:57 IST

Rejecting the attempt of Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar to encourage a peaceful solution to the standoff at the Sikkim border which has continued for more than one month, China instead offered to mediate in Kashmir, saying that the situation has drawn a lot of 'global attention'.

Jaishankar had said that India and China could resolve their differences over the Doklam area peacefully as the nations had solved similar issues in the past, to which Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said that the issue is 'entirely different' this time.

"This is different from the frictions that happened in the undefined sections of the border region," said the spokesman Geng Shuang in a statement.

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Despite being unable to solve the standoff at the Doklam area near the tri-junction border between India, China and Bhutan, the Chinese ministry instead offered to mediate in Kashmir, claiming that the situation there has drawn international focus and that conflicts in the area are not 'conducive to peace' in the South Asia region.

"The situation in Kashmir has attracted a lot of global attention," said Geng.

"We hope relevant sides can do more things that are conducive to peace and stability in the region and avoid escalating tensions," he added.

Meanwhile, tensions at the Doklam area have increased as Indian troops and Chinese troops line the border. After India protested to Chinese road building activities in the sensitive region last month, China accused Indian troops of trespassing into its land and increased its military presence at the border. India has maintained that its troops were on the lands of ally Bhutan, however, the land in question, the Doklam plateau is contested by both India and Bhutan.

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At an event at Singapore, Jaishankar said, "It's not the first time that it (Sino-Indian border dispute) has happened. How do you handle it is a test of our maturity. I see no reason, having handled so many situations in the past, that we will not handle this."

Geng's statement which came a day after Jaishankar said, "China has pointed out many times that the illegal trespass into China's territory across a mutually recognized borderline is different in nature to frictions that happened in undefined sections of the boundary. This is totally different from the undefined boundary in eastern, middle and western sectors."