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Saturday, 15 Jul, 2017

"India's position of addressing all issues with Pakistan, including the Jammu and Kashmir issue, in a bilateral framework has not changed", said India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay. It alleged that the differences between India and China have "aggravated" after the Modi government came to power and blamed the Centre's strategic alliance with the U.S. for the "divergence".

The remarks from both sides come amid rising border tension between India and China.

At the same time, he said concerns have been registered, particularly to de-escalate the situation and tension so that peace and tranquility is throughout maintained which has been as per the bilateral agreements and for which diplomatic efforts must continue.

Both India and Pakistan control portions of Kashmir, though both nations stake a claim to the entire region.

The Government's move to apprise the opposition parties about the face-off between Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army comes ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament. While explaining the controversy to the participants of the meeting, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar minced no words in putting the onus on China for the situation in Doklam.

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"There was widespread appreciation of the Astana understanding between India and China that differences between them shouldn't become disputes".

However, the commentary in Xinhua news agency seemed to reject India's overture, saying there was no room for talks until Indian troops vacated Doklam - a disputed territory between China and Bhutan. The Marxist leader said the "present border fracas" has assumed "greater salience" given the growing number of issues on which the two countries have differences, which he added, have "aggravated" after the Modi-led government was formed in 2014.

India said it was asked to intervene by Bhutan and that the construction had implications on its own security. Instead it has preferred to train its guns directly at India, and steadfastly refused to bring Bhutan in as the aggrieved or otherwise third party that New Delhi has referred to a few times as the reason for the current face off. Opposition leaders have been criticising the government for the way it has handled the China and Kashmir matter.

"The UN chief, the United States president, the Chinese leadership and others have offered to play a role in resolving the Kashmir issue", said the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria.