Mounting tensions between India and its nuclear-armed neighbors, China and Pakistan

Tammy Harvey
July 16, 2017

During the meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affiars Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed the leaders of various political parties on the situation in Dokalam area and the steps being taken by the government in this regard.

AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan said the foreign secretary admitted that China has encroached the Doklam territory of Bhutan.

This trip of Ajit Doval can be a very crucial one as the 21-days old border dispute between both the countries can be resolved in this meeting.

The government told the leaders that Chinese activities in the Doklam sector were hurting Indian strategic interests.

Further enflaming the situation, Islamist anti-Indian Kashmiri insurgents reputedly attacked a busload of Hindu pilgrims returning from the remote Amarnath cave shrine Monday night.

"National security is priority of INC, advised them to tackle situation diplomatically, rising above politics for national interest", said Congress leader Anand Sharma.

"The government briefed us on the stand-off with China and said that efforts are on to resolve this through diplomatic channels and talks".

Parties such as the Congress, CPI (M), JD (U), SP, NCP, BSP, TRS, TDP and Trinamool Congress were present at the meeting. We didn't get answers that we were looking for.

As per the media reports India continues to upgrade its nuclear arsenal and redraft its nuclear doctrine with a primary focus on China, earlier the nuclear strategy of India used to be traditionally Pakistan being at the center stage.

In the latest tussle, India had expressed concerns over China trying to change the status quo at the India- Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction in Doklam area of Sikkim, where Indian troops stopped road construction by Chinese soldiers. "Everybody promised support to the government", he said. The Opposition was also informed about the increased security measures put in place, including along the border and LoC, to contain violence in the Valley following the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander.

He told this IANS visiting correspondent that Chinese "ulterior motives" of developing infrastructure along the Bhutanese border is risky for this nation, though it's guarded naturally by the mighty mountains. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region. However, Yechury suggested that New Delhi was "irritating" China through its recent moves to "appease" the US.

India is estimated to have produced approximately 600 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium, sufficient for 150-200 nuclear warheads; however, not all the material has been converted into nuclear warheads, they said.

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