China border stance firm
India’s national security adviser attends BRICS meeting
Beijing will not compromise with India’s visiting national security adviser, and the only way to resolve the current standoff is for India to unilaterally withdraw its troops from Chinese territory, experts said.
The seventh meeting of BRICS senior representatives on security issues is being held in Beijing on Thursday and Friday. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi will chair the meeting, while South African Minister of State Security David Mahlobo, Brazilian Institu- tional Security Minister Sergio Etchegoyen, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval have confirmed their attendance.
Doval arrived on Wednesday and “is expected to hold talks with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the ongoing Sikkim standoff,” New Delhi TV reported. However, China has made very clear its precondition of “meaningful dialogue,” which is that Indian troops should withdraw