Rahul urges Modi to raise Doklam, CPEC during his ‘no agenda’ China visit

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on April 27, 2018

Rahul Gandhi   -  PTI

The Congress, pledging support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomatic endeavour to China, urged the Centre to also raise issues such as incursions in Doklam with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders are holding talks on bilateral, global and regional issues during an informal summit in Wuhan city in central China.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said the PM looked tense in the live TV feed of the China visit. “Saw the live TV feed of your “No Agenda” China visit. You look tense! A quick reminder: 1. Doklam. 2. China Pakistan Economic Corridor passes through PoK. That’s Indian territory. India wants to hear you talk about these crucial issues. You have our support,” Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.

The party’s chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala hoped that Modi would remember “his innate duty to protect India’s strategic interests” during the meetings and question China’s occupation of Dokalam.

“Does the PM accept the failure of his Cabinet Ministers (Defence and External Affairs) to confront China on the creation of a ‘full-fledged Chinese Military Complex’ in Doklam right up to 10m from the Indian Army post, during their visit on April 20-24, as an abdication of their duty to the Nation?” Surjewala asked.

He asked why the Modi government was “clueless and incapable” to send a strong message to China, which was intruding into the ‘Chicken’s Neck’ Siliguri Corridor by building a new road through Doklam.

“Will PM Modi take up the issue in the ‘Summit’ with the Chinese President today in Wuhan, China? Modi ji may not be able to show ‘red eyes’ as he loftily promised, but will he show the courage of conviction to do plain-speaking on Doklam and defend India’s interests?” he asked.

Published on April 27, 2018

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