Congress Flip-Flop On Rahul Gandhi's Meeting With Chinese Envoy

Kristopher Drake
July 11, 2017

Amid standoff between two nations, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has met Chinese ambassador to India, the party has reportedly confirmed. "I met the Chinese Ambassador, Ex-NSA, Congress leaders from NE and the Bhutanese Ambassador", he said. In fact, she said even if Rahul did meet the Chinese envoy, "I don't see it as an issue".

While the Congress had earlier denied having information about the meeting, they later confirmed that the meeting took place.

After keeping the meeting secret for days, Congress media head Randeep Surjewala opened up and admitted that the meeting indeed took place and said Gandhi also met the Bhutan ambassador to India.

"Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting Congress president and vice-president from time to time on the basis of courtesy".

As the heat begins to mount on the Congress over its vice-president Rahul Gandhi meeting Chinese envoy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said that it has "no objection" to the meeting, but asked the grand old party to come out clean and share the minutes of the meeting in larger national interest, .

Next to the Modi-Xi picture, he wrote, "And for the record I am not the guy sitting on the swing while a thousand Chinese troops had physically entered India".

On Friday, Rahul had tweeted asking why Prime Minister Narendra Modi is "silent" on China. But "nobody should try to sensationalise such normal courtesy calls to term them an event like the sources of the ministry of external affairs are attempting to do", the Congress spokesman said.

The troop impasse is in the Doka La or Doklam area, near Sikkim.

The controversy comes amid a month-long border standoff between the two countries in the Doklam region located at the narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, with the three countries barely separated by mountains and passes.

Chinese and Indian troops are now involved in a stand-off in the disputed Doka La region, on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim and near the strategic Bhutan tri-junction.

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