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As India and China face-off over Doklam, US calls for direct dialogue

A file photo of the Nathu La border. | Photo Credit: DIPTENDU DUTTA
A file photo of the Nathu La border.

The US said on Wednesday that it wants India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tensions.

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

The latest skirmish comes at a time when India and China are locked in a face-off in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector.

“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 continued standoff in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector.

Later, in an emailed statement, a State Department spokesperson said, “We refer you to the governments of India and China for further information. We encourage India and China to engage in direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions.”

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