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Rahul says he met Chinese ambassador; Cong does flip-flop

11 July 2017

He had earlier said that the news on the alleged meeting between Gandhi and Chinese ambassador was "fake". It's my job to be informed on critical issues.

However, he later accepted that Gandhi had met not only the Chinese ambassador but also the Bhutanese envoy and former national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon.

Hitting back at the government, Rahul said if it was so concerned about his July 8 meeting with the Chinese envoy how did three union ministers enjoy Chinese hospitality "while the border issue is on".

In a now deleted post, the official website of the Chinese embassy referred to Rahul Gandhi's meeting with Chinese envoy on Saturday last week and they discussed current India-China border standoff.

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The Congress leader also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Germany.

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

Confirming about the meeting, party spokesman RS Surjewala said, "Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting Congress president and vice president from time to time on a courtesy basis".

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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Later, Vijay questioned that he added that whether Rahul Gandhi's tweet criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi was under the influence of meeting with Chinese ambassador Lui Zhaohui.

The initial opacity surrounding the meeting, coming as it did against the backdrop of an India-China stand-off on the border, even provided some TV channels the opportunity to cast doubts on Mr. Gandhi's motives in meeting the Chinese envoy, as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders leapt into the fray to criticise him.

The stand-off between the Indian and Chinese troops was triggered by an attempt to construct a road by China's People's Liberation Army.

Bhutan recognises as Dokalam as its area while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.

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Rahul says he met Chinese ambassador; Cong does flip-flop