No new developments at Doklam face-off site: MEA

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The Foreign Secretary held discussions on the complete range of bilateral relations, including implementation of the ongoing India-assisted projects under Bhutans 11th five- year plan, it said.

And added,"We will take into consideration all factors, including weather, to make relevant construction plans according to situations on ground".

An indication of tension between the two countries due to the presence of Chinese forces in the Chumbi Valley in the Doklam Plateau was also given by Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on Thursday. Around 500 soldiers are guarding the area where the road construction is being carried out.

However, India has not yet objected to China's fresh road-construction activity, but keeping a close vigil on the development.

India Today reports that China "has this week issued its third travel warning aimed at India, following two advisories that were issued in July and August amid the military stand-off at Doklam near the India-Bhutan-China trijunction". Under a treaty with Bhutan, India is responsible for its defence. Now, more than a month after the standoff was resolved, the Chinese Embassy in India has reissued its advisory.

The current road construction is taking place just 10 km from the last stand-off site between India and China.

On the Indian website The Wire, Nirupama Rao argues that "China may be an adversary, but making it an enemy will not serve India". Last time around hostility between the two countries touched new levels, with Beijing issuing nearly daily bulletins against the Indian government and its media war.

The Army commanders' conference, to be chaired by General Bipin Rawat from October 9 to 15 in New Delhi, will also review the military readiness along the entire 4,057-km Line of Actual Control with China, stretching from LAC from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh, in addition to other issues. "What was agreed by both sides, when they made a decision to disengage, has not been violated so far". That it has not really is clear, as it has started construction at another point to register its claim on the strategic plateau.

New Delhi also denied that there was anything amiss.

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