Rahul Gandhi meets Chinese envoy, sets off row

Rahul Gandhi met Chinese, Bhutanese envoys amid Sikkim standoff, confirms Congress

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in a tweet that why had Modi maintained silence on the India-China tension over the Sikkim border?

"It is my job to be informed on critical issues".

On Rahul Gandhi's meeting with Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui, Tewari said: "In this particular instance, he did meet with the Chinese ambassador, he also met with the Bhutanese ambassador, he did meet with the former National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon".

"If Govt is so concerned abt me meeting an Amb, they shld explain why 3Ministers are availing Chinese hospitality while the border issue is on", he tweeted along with a screenshot of an article about three BJP ministers' visit to China.

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Did Rahul Gandhi meet the Chinese Ambassador to India or did he not - this was the discussion till Monday evening amongst all.

While the Congress had earlier denied having information about the meeting, they later confirmed that the meeting took place.

"If so much of a brouhaha is being made about it then why did Prime Minister Narendra Modi actually cross Lake Alster and go to Grand Elysee Hotel to meet with the Chinese President, specially after the Chinese had made it known that a structured bilateral meeting is not possible because of the stand off".

But before that, Surjewala had denied the news of Gandhi meeting Zhaohui calling it fake news.

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Rahul Gandhi said that while Chinese troops were crossing the border and entering India, PM Modi was busy in enjoying swing ride.

He alleged that the report was planted by external affairs ministry and intelligence bureau sources.

An MEA statement had said, "On 16 June, a People's Liberation Armyconstruction party entered the Doklam area and attempted to construct a road".

Troops from the two sides have been facing-off close to a valley controlled by China that gives it access to the so-called Chicken's Neck, a thin strip of land that connects India to its remote northeastern regions.

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Doka La is part of Bhutan, which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

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