16 August, 2017
Yang flew down to Nepal from Pakistan where he was the chief guest at the official celebrations of the 70th Independence Day.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert further said, "Just that we are encouraging both parties to sit down and have direct dialogue", when asked about the United States" stand on "another round of skirmish and tension from India and China, ' referring to the two-month long Doklam stand-off.
The minister, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government had no choice but to act to stop the Chinese road activity in the region because it had come too close for comfort.
China did not comment directly on the reported incident, but called on India to comply with earlier agreements and help maintain peace and stability along the border. With a Major-General level meeting by the Indian and Chinese armies on Friday last yielding no conclusive result, the face-off threatens to continue.
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Apparently stealing a leaf from Srinagar streets, the Indian and Chinese armies have resorted to stone pelting on each other. Both sides suffered from minor injuries. "Dressed in their raincoats, the Indian soldiers forming a human chain have been standing all throughout the day and night till they are relieved by another batch that takes over the vigil", a local source said.
Meanwhile, the main function in the district was held at the Rustamji Armed Police Training College (RAPTC) ground where state's urban administration minister Maya Singh hoisted the national flag. The standoff started in June when Chinese soldiers tried to build a road in the region, which is in Bhutan and strategically significant for India.
But Beijing has said India had no role to play in the area and diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis have not made much headway.