US wants India, China to have direct dialogue on their issues

WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday said it wanted India and China to sit down and have a direct dialogue to resolve their issues. This comes after Tuesday''s skirmish between the two.

US wants India, China to have direct dialogue on their issues

The US remarks came a day after Indian border guards foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh. Thinkstock

Washington, August 16

The US on Tuesday said it wanted India and China to sit down and have a direct dialogue to resolve their issues.

The US remarks came a day after Indian border guards foiled an attempt by Chinese soldiers to enter Indian territory along the banks of famous Pangong lake in Ladakh.

The latest skirmish comes at a time when India and China are locked in a face-off in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector. The standoff has been going on for more than 50 days, after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the area.

“We are encouraging both parties to sit down and have a direct dialogue,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference.

Nauert was responding to questions on the skirmish between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh and the continued standoff in Doklam area. PTI

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