"Both Pakistan and India are important countries in South Asia and we hope that relevant sides can do more things that are conducive to peace and stability in the region and avoid escalating the tensions".
India continues to modernise its atomic arsenal with an eye on China and the country's nuclear strategy which traditionally focused on Pakistan now appears to place increased emphasis on the Communist giant, two top American nuclear experts have said. Over the last weekend, China issued a travel advisory telling its nationals to be careful in India, capping weeks of sharp rhetoric that has included Chinese officials asking India to pull back troops.
On the China front, Sushma will brief the gathering about the steps taken following the face-off that started after Indian Army personnel went to Doklam Plateau, a disputed territory along the Bhutan-China border, on June 18 to stop the Chinese PLA personnel from constructing a road. India is not only Bhutan's main development partner but also its largest trading partner. "India should rectify its mistakes and show sincerity to avoid an even more serious situation creating more significant consequences", the piece said.
While maintaining India's stand on cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan, the ministry of external affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that India is ready for a dialogue with Islamabad under a bilateral framework.
China had offered to play a "constructive role" in hosting talks to resolve the conflict, which has been the subject of two wars between the neighboring nuclear powers. "Bhutan is not a "protectorate" of India", Karat said.
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Although the Agni-4 will be capable of striking targets in almost all of China from northeastern India (including Beijing and Shanghai), India is also developing the longer- range Agni-5, a three-stage, solid-fuel, rail-mobile, near- intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a warhead more than 5,000 kilometres, notes Hindustan Times (HT).
On whether Doklam stand off also figured during the "conversation on range of issues" between Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi, Mr Baglay said, "There was a conversation between them".
AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan, who represented the party at the meeting, said the response of government was satisfactory.
Mulayam Singh Yadav of Samajwadi Party told the MPs that India should be wary of China as it was a "dhokebaaz (traitor) country".