New Delhi, Aug 3: Addressing the Rajya Sabha over the ongoing Sino-Indian dispute in Doklam region near Sikkim border, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the territorial row would be resolved by India using peaceful and diplomatic methods. Swaraj ruled out the possibility of war, asserting that ‘wisdom’ would prevail on both sides. Also Read - As Air Quality Remains Poor in Delhi, Here’s How Kejriwal Govt is Fighting Pollution
The remarks of Swaraj came in response to the charges levelled by Congress MP Anand Sharma, accusing the Modi government of not preparing a roadmap to tackle the Chinese aggression in Doklam. ALSO READ: Had Roadmap For Improving Ties With Pak, But They Declared Burhan Wani a ‘Martyr’: Sushma Swaraj in RS Also Read - IPL 2020 Live Cricket Score KKR vs RCB, Today's Match 39 Live Updates Abu Dhabi: Will Morgan Replace Russell With Narine?
Swaraj denied the allegations of government being underprepared, claiming that all diplomatic channels are being explored to resolve the conflict in a bilateral manner. Also Read - KKR vs RCB Dream11 Team Prediction Dream11 IPL 2020: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore T20 Match 39 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi 7.30 PM IST Wednesday, October 21
“War is not a solution to any problem. India-China relations need to be sorted through bilateral talks and negotiation,” Swaraj said. “We will use our wisdom to resolve the dispute in the most amicable manner,” she added.
Dismissing the charges of Centre lacking a roadmap to deal with China, Swaraj said she should not had called two all-party meetings of the government was underprepared. ALSO READ: Disappointed With Opposition Meeting Chinese Envoy But Not The Govt: Sushma Swaraj’s Jibe at Rahul Gandhi
“I reiterated the government’s stand before the Opposition in the two all-party meets. I was recommended by two former foreign ministers – Mulayam Singh ji and Sharad Pawar ji to exercise restraint. I assured them we would not losing our temper and would always exercise restraint in our language,” Swaraj told the House.
While concluding her speech, Swaraj released the statement on Doklam, specifying that India would remain keen to resolve the dispute using diplomatic channels. She cited the 2012 bilateral document with China, which mentions that the tri-junction point with Bhutan would not be decided unilaterally by anyone among the trio.
“India always believes peace and tranquility in India-China border areas is important prerequisite for smooth development of bilateral relations. We will continue to engage with Chinese side through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution,” Swaraj stated, reiterating the statement released in June 30 by the Ministry of External Affairs.