China refuses to hold talks with visiting Indian National Security Advisor over border standoff

China refuses to hold talks with visiting Indian National Security Advisor over border standoff
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Beijing will not compromise with India's visiting national security adviser, and the only way to resolve the current standoff is for India to unilaterally withdraw its troops from Chinese territory, experts said.

The seventh meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues is being held in Beijing on Thursday and Friday. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi will chair the meeting, while South African Minister of State Security David Mahlobo, Brazilian Institutional Security Minister Sergio Etchegoyen, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval have confirmed their attendance. 

Doval arrived on Wednesday and "is expected to hold talks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the ongoing Sikkim standoff," New Delhi TV reported.

However, China has made very clear its precondition of "meaningful dialogue," which is that Indian troops should withdraw from Chinese territory in the Doklam Plateau, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said.  

"China's position will not change and the Indian government and media should better abandon the illusion of using force to bully China into a compromise," Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

If India refuses to withdraw its troops from Doklam, then the meeting would not be "meaningful" and China is also unlikely to further clarify its redline or even deliver an ultimatum to India, because we still want to offer India a chance for a peaceful solution, said Lin Minwang, a professor at Fudan University's Center for South Asian Studies.

But, unfortunately, India believes it is offering an opportunity to us for a peaceful solution, Lin added. - Global Times 

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