Sikkim Standoff: Top White House Official Says US Supports Recurrence Of Status Quo At Tri-junction, Tracking Situation

Washington: Hopeful that India and China can negotiate a peaceful resolution to the ongoing Doka la standoff, a senior Trump official has said the US “supports return of status quo” of this tri-junction point.

File image of White House. AP

Document picture of White House. AP

The US is worried about “sovereignty difficulties and adherence to international authorities” amidst increased stress between the two Asian giants, said a senior government official.

“We’re tracking the (Doka la) scenario very attentively. We’re concerned. We hope that the two sides could negotiate a resolution. We support return to the status quo,” a senior government official told PTI.

“We’re also worried about Bhutanese sovereignty difficulties. We’re worried in general terms regarding sovereignty issues and adherence. I believe that really pertains to the specific dilemma,” said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity, given the sensitive nature of confrontation between India and China.
Even as China both its officials as well as the state- sponsored press    have increased its rhetoric over the past
couple of months, which sometimes is seen as entering the domain name of threatening; New Delhi, which has taken a stable and strong stand against Beijing, according to specialists, is believed has not reached out to Washington with this problem.

However, because a close friend the US has been monitoring the circumstance. “We hope that India and China could get a negotiated solution to return to a calm state of events in the area.

We’re just seeing it and we’re in conversation with the government about the problems. We stand ready to help if that is desired. However, for the time being, we’re monitoring the situation carefully,” the official said.
The senior government official, in reply to some question, nevertheless quickly explained that there has been no such request from India and there’s no intention on the part of the United States too.

“What sort of help? You said ready to help,” the official was requested. You know, I think that if that was necessary, it’s for China and India to determine. For the time being the, I believe
US is monitoring the situation very carefully and very carefully,” the official said.

“You know, US sees it as a bilateral issue between India and China to operate through. But we’re interested in seeing relations prevail in the area. “So, if there is anything that the US can do to help that situation, we stand ready to help,” he added

Published Date: Aug 27, 2017 09:24 am | Upgraded Date: Aug 27, 2017 09:29 am

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