Congress first denies, then accepts Rahul Gandhi meeting with Chinese envoy

Trevor Jackson
July 11, 2017

Later, Rahul took to Twitter to defend his meeting with the Chinese envoy and said, "It is my job to be informed on critical issues. Not only Chinese envoy but also Bhutanese envoy and former National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon met Rahulji", Surjewala said seeking to cap an avoidable controversy.

Taking a cue from Surjewala, Congress' social media chief and actor-turned-politician Ramya Divya Spandana added to the confusion by saying that "even if Congress VP had met the Chinese Ambassador I don't see it as an issue".

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.

Later on Monday afternoon, the Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari confirmed that the party's vice-president and the Chinese ambassador met.

"At his profile and stature, it is unbecoming of Mr Gandhi to meet the Ambassador himself", said Jayadeva Ranade, President, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy.

Next to the Modi-Xi picture, he wrote, "And for the record I am not the guy sitting on the swing while a thousand Chinese troops had physically entered India".

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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.

Surjewala in his statement said: "Nobody should try to sensationalise such normal courtesy calls to term them as events like the "sources" from the Home Ministry are trying to do".

A stand-off erupted between the two militaries after the Indian Army blocked construction of the road by China in Doklam, a disputed territory between China and Bhutan also known as Donglong.

In another tweet, Rahul Gandhi questioned the BJP why three of its ministers are in China amid ongoing tensions at the border in the Sikkim sector.

"May I ask why is an India Foundation delegation being sent to China?"

Chinese and Indian troops are now involved in a stand-off in the disputed Doka La region, on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim and near the strategic Bhutan tri-junction.

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