The Doklam issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha by minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj, on Thursday.
She also slammed the Congress leadership for its stand on the dispute between China, Bhutan and India.
Here is all that she said:
- She praised PM Modi, adding that his Lahore visit was an out-of-the box decision
- Swaraj targeted the Congress and reminded them of the blockade that prevailed during Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure.
- Speaking on the Centre’s stand on the Doklam standoff with China, she said that India’s road map is peace. She said Chinese investment has gone up in a big way and the two countries are in continuous bilateral talks.
- She also criticised Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with the Chinese envoy. “I am saddened that the leader of Congress in an attempt to know about India-China stand-off didn’t ask the government of India, but chose to meet the Chinese ambassador”, she said.
- She also slammed Congress leader, Rajiv Shukla for his comment to CPEC that India should join CPEC.”This is a matter of Indian Sovereignty, we cannot allow China-Pakistan to allow road corridor in POK,” she said.
- In her address, she emphasised that terrorism and talks cannot go hand in hand. Swaraj said that Pakistan went to denial mode after the Pathankot attack.
- The minister said that India gave a road map of friendship and it was one-sided.
- While talking about the border standoff with China, she said that war was not the answer for any dispute. She said that India has the support of US and Russia.
- About Israel, she said that although it is an ally, India will never let down the Palestinian cause.
- “Our stance remains the same on climate change. Despite US President Donald Trump’s allegations on India taking bribes, we stood against it. PM Modi has the guts to stand against Donald Trump and the US,” she quoted.