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Foreign ministers of China, Russia to visit India on Dec 11

S Jaishankar Foreign Secretary discussed the prospect of India joining the Wassenaar Arrangement with the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister. PTI file Lavrov to meet with Indian, Chinese top diplomats on December 11
Melinda Barton | 07 December, 2017, 12:12

The military's charge comes ahead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to New Delhi to take part in the Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Ministers meeting to be held on December 11.

During the RIC meeting, the three ministers will exchange views on major global and regional issues of common concern and deepen trilateral pragmatic cooperation, he said. During the meeting, the parties are expected to exchange views in detail on the current situation in the region and around the globe, including on developments in Afghanistan, the Middle East and on the Korean Peninsula.

The standoff began in mid-June after Chinese troops started building a road on the remote Doka La plateau. India, citing concerns about territorial integrity, moved soldiers into the flashpoint zone to halt the work, prompting Beijing to accuse it of trespassing.

Last week, the PLA said it had the right to deploy troops as it saw fit in Doklam, which China claims but India and Bhutan see as Bhutanese.

China also lodged diplomatic "representations" with India, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing.

Yang and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are the designated Special Representatives for the border talks later this month. The two sides have not yet announced the dates for the meeting.

China and Bhutan have competing claims on the plateau, and India supports Bhutan's claim.

Chinese officials in off the record conversations said differences over Azhar's issue may be resolved.

In September, India's army chief General Bipin Rawat had said that India could not afford to be complacent and must be prepared for war.

"China asks India to immediately stop its activities of using unmanned aircraft near the border, and to work alongside China to maintain the border area's peace and tranquillity", he said.