India downplays reports of Chinese build-up in Doklam

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The Congress asked the government to make diplomatic efforts to address the issue “in a manner that protects India’s strategic interests”

Asked about reports citing satellite imagery of a Chinese military complex in the area, spokesman said: "I have also noted the relevant report".

"We are of course keeping a constant vigil on developments which have a bearing on India's national security and take all necessary steps to safeguard it". "Our attention has been drawn to some reports that question the accuracy of the position stated by the government in respect to the situation in Doklam".

"They have carried out some infrastructure development, most of it is temporary in nature".

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Evans said "we are working with the communities and with their structures to make sure people have a disaster response plan. And the rate of repatriation should be increased so that the process can be completed within two years, if not sooner.

"The two sides do have, and have used established mechanisms to resolve any misunderstandings", he added, in what appeared to be the first admission in recent times by the government that it has raised the issue of infrastructure construction with Chinese authorities. "I don't know the detailed information", Mr. Lu said.

Charging the NDA government at the Centre of maintaining a silence on the alleged construction of military infrastructure by Chinese Army on the Doklam plateau, the Congress today said that lack of political direction, strategy and policy on part of Modi Government is harming India's interests. "Any suggestion to the contrary is inaccurate and mischievous", he said.

He said China is building infrastructure for its troops and the people living in the area.

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"But MEA's latest statement drops the words "and its vicinity", given that satellite images indicate China has built military structures even close to the face-off site since the August 28 disengagement", tweeted strategic affairs expert Brahma Chellaney. "There is no dispute in this regard". He refused to comment on Army chief General Bipin Rawat's remarks which are at variance with the statement issued by the MEA.

Indian and Chinese troops had been locked in a stand-off for over two months previous year in the Doklam area near Sikkim before "disengaging" on August 28.

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