US wants India-China to look for peaceful solutions

New Delhi: Speaking about the ongoing tensions over the India-China border standoff, the US said it would suggest both the countries to have direct talks to reduce the growing tensions between the two countries.

Heather Nauret, State’s spokesperson was quoted saying “I know that the US is concerned about the ongoing situation there” at a press conference.

He added, “We believe that both parties, both sides should work together to try to come up with some better sort of arrangement for peace”.

Both the countries are engaged in a month long standoff in the Doklam area in Sikkim Sector, since July 16, when the Indian soldiers stopped the road construction by the Chinese soldiers.

Dokalam is the Chinese name for the region Bhutan which is recognized as Doka la in India. China claims that this region is a part of Donglang region.

The border stretch of approximately 220 km’s of the 3,488 km long India- China border which runs from Jammu to Arunachal Pradesh, falls under the Sikkim region.

Another State Department official was quoted saying “We encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions”.

Avoiding further questions on the standoff, the official said: “We refer you to the governments of India and China for further information”.