Congress confirms Rahul Gandhi meeting with Chinese ambassador

After flip-flop Rahul admits to meeting Chinese Ambassador Luo says 'it's my job to be informed on critical issues'

After flip-flop Rahul admits to meeting Chinese Ambassador Luo says 'it's my job to be informed on critical issues'

After initially denying INC Vice President Rahul Gandhi's meeting with the Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui, the Congress party took a U-turn Monday evening admitting that the party Vice President did meet the Chinese envoy.

Apart from Chinese envoy, Rahul Gandhi has also met Bhutanese envoy and ex-NSA Shiv Shankar Menon.

The reports of the meeting between Rahul Gandhi and the Chinese Ambassador have emerged following Congress leader's tweet questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "silence" on the current standoff between the Indian and Chinese militaries in Doklam area in the Sikkim sector.

Interestingly, the meeting took place on July 8, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping for a quick chat at the BRICS summit that took place on the sidelines of the Hamburg G20 meet, when both leaders discussed the recent stand-off situation.

Surjewala called the meet a "courtesy call" and said "envoys of neighbouring countries" met Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the vice-president from "time to time".

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Surjewala, in a series of tweets, had said some news channels were running "fake news" on Rahul's alleged meeting with the Chinese Ambassador. But "nobody should try to sensationalise such normal courtesy calls to term them an event like the sources of the ministry of external affairs are attempting to do", the Congress spokesman said. India govt has conveyed the message to China that India will not allow such construction that represents a significant change of status quo with serious security implications for India.

"For all these people who have been getting very antsy about it (the meeting) since morning I have some questions too". China has said it will only engage in a dialogue with India after it withdraws its troops.

"As a responsible national party, we are extremely concerned because there seems to be nearly a two-front situation developing and it is unfortunate that in the last 38 months for a substantive period of time, India has not had a full-time Defence Minister", said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.

The troop impasse is in the Doka La or Doklam area, near Sikkim.

Bhutan claims the territory as ts own and along with India, has objected to China constructing a road in the region.

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