After morning of denials, Congress accepts Rahul Gandhi met Chinese envoy

Rahul Gandhi not only met the Chinese ambassador but also the Bhutanese envoy and former national security adviser NSA Shiv Shankar Menon.

Rahul Gandhi
Congress confirmed on Monday Rahul Gandhi met the Chinese envoy.(PTI File Photo)

The Congress on Monday accepted its vice president Rahul Gandhi met the Chinese envoy, hours after the opposition party denied that the leader met ambassador Luo Zhaohui two days ago.

Gandhi met both the Chinese ambassador, the Bhutanese envoy and former national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told ANI news agency .

It was Surjewala who had tweeted the denial in the morning.

“A wanting to be ‘Bhakt’ channel will not question 3 Union Ministers visiting China or PM’s bonhomie & praise at G20 yet run fake news!,” he said.

“Before MEA & IB sources plant news with ‘Bhakts’, they should reverify that we still have diplomatic relations with all our neighbours.”

A media report had said Gandhi and the Chinese envoy discussed the bilateral relations in the context of the ongoing stand-off between two armies along the Sikkim border.

Various ambassadors and envoys keep meeting Congress president and vice-president from time to time on courtesy basis, Surjewala said.

The Chinese embassy said the two met but then removed the statement from its website.


Gandhi had on Friday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the impasse in the Doklam, which is located at the narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan.

“Why is our Prime Minister silent on China?” he had asked on Twitter.

China has accused Indian soldiers of trespass and preventing its soldiers from building a road in Doklam region, which is claimed by Bhutan.


The flip flop didn’t go unnoticed. “The confusion has ended up making a story where none was needed. It’s not a crime to meet the Chinese or PM Modi wouldn’t have meet Pres Xi,” National Conference leader and Congress ally Omar Abdullah tweeted.


The confusion has ended up making a story where none was needed. It's not a crime to meet the Chinese or PM Modi wouldn't have meet Pres Xi. https://twitter.com/sardesairajdeep/status/884348873736568833 
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