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The Doklam issue shows no sign of cooling down; now Chinese state media has warned India to not engage in a two-front conflict with China and Pakistan, referring to the LoC firing.

The troop impasse is in the Doklam area, near Sikkim. Jaishakar, who was the Ambassador of India to China from 2009-2013, and then to the United States before becoming the foreign secretary in January 2015, said, "These are still early days".

"If certain issues can not be resolved for the time being, they may be shelved temporarily so that they will not affect the normal state-to-state relations", Jiang said. "The Indian government has rolled out aggressive reforms aimed at unifying the country's market, which is very attractive in the eyes of worldwide investors, even though there are huge challenges such as poor infrastructure and difficulties in policy implementation across different states", the editorial said.

The commentary said that since the Indian soldiers "crossed" into Chinese territory and obstructed work on a road in Doklam in June, China had lodged a series of protests demanding that India immediately pull back its troops.

Bhutan has also said that the road construction inside Bhutanese territory was a direct violation of various agreements since it would change the status quo.

China has been repeatedly calling for immediate withdrawal of the Indian troops from the area. The road being built gives China access to the narrow strip or "Chicken's Neck" that links India to its seven northeastern states.

The matter has diplomatic hotlines working overtime in hopes of preventing the episode from escalating into something more serious.

But the current Chinese build-up "is to diminish India in the eyes of the region", Ramachandran says.

"New Delhi publicly promises not to allow any anti-China political activities by Tibetan exiles on Indian territory". He was also asked about a photograph tweeted by the India's Ministry of External Affairs showing the two leaders in conversation with interpreters, Geng stuck to his stand. The space for Tibetan separatists has been largely squeezed as more Western countries have snubbed the Dalai Lama.

Of the 3,488-kilometre-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-kilometre section falls in Sikkim.

New Delhi, Jul 10 The border standoff with India "will not affect" the "long-standing" economic and cultural ties between the two countries, a top Chinese official here said.

The Foreign Secretary reminded that the complexity inherent in the simultaneous rise of two major powers, that too in close proximity of each other, has sparked off a big debate about the opportunities and risks that arise from such developments. "However, New Delhi views both the incident and its actions quite differently", it said.


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