Doklam standoff: Omar praises PM Modi, calls China weak

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Srinagar, Aug 29:  Reacting to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) asking India to “draw lessons” from the over 70-day Doklam standoff, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said India has learnt that China was not all powerful.
“We’ve learnt.
We’ve learnt that you aren’t all powerful.
We’ve learnt that if we hold an advantage we can get you to blink first.
Thank you,” Mr Abdullah, who is also the working president of main opposition, the National Conference, tweeted yesterday.

 

For a very long time, there was bipartisan support for the government of the day when it came to tackling internal and external security challenges. But in the last few years, we have seen, as our political discourse has coarsened, that has challenged the unwritten rule in Indian politics. So much so, parties have asked for proof when the Indian Army conducted the surgical strike. Sushma Swaraj speaking on Doklam issue, expressed regret that Rahul Gandhi got briefed from the Chinese envoy rather than asking the government about what is the issue on hand. Thus in these divisive times, Omar’s gesture is a rare exception, where an opposition political leader is willing to doff his hat to deft handling of a precarious diplomatic stand-off that could have snowballed into a major conflict.

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India and China have agreed to “expeditious disengagement” of border personnel at Dokalam, New Delhi said today, a week before the BRICS summit in China that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend. In a major diplomatic breakthrough, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the two countries had maintained “diplomatic communication” and were able to express their views, concerns and interests.

Indian Army sources said the process to withdraw troops — India had deployed about 350 Army personnel in the area — from Dokalam near Sikkim was underway. Troops of the two countries have been locked in a standoff in Dokalam since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese army from building a road in the disputed area.

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