News Reading Practice #61

(100 Day Challenge)

Envoy puts onus on India to resolve row

New Delhi, July 4: 

China on Tuesday said there was no scope for a "compromise" in the military standoff with India in the Sikkim section, and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the "grave" situation. 

In unusually blunt remarks, China's Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said "the ball is in India's court" and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff. 

When asked about remarks by official Chinese media and think-tanks that the conflict can lead to a "war" if not handled properly, the ambassador said: "There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your government policy (whether to exercise military option)." The Chinese government is very clear that it wants peaceful resolution at current state of the situation for which withdrawal of Indian troops from the area is a "precondition", he asserted. 

However, he made it clear that there was no scope for a "compromise" on the issue. 

"The first priority is that the Indian troops unconditionally pull back to the Indian side of the boundary. That is the precondition for any meaningful dialogue between China and India," he said. 


RULES OUT: Refers to the act of dismissing or eliminating something as a possibility. (തള്ളിക്കളയുക)

TRUCE: A temporary cessation or pause in fighting or hostility, often between opposing forces. (യുദ്ധവിരാമം)

ENVOY: A representative or ambassador, typically sent by one government or organization to another. (നയതന്ത്ര പ്രതിനിധി.)

ONUS: The responsibility or burden of doing something. (ഉത്തരവാദിത്തം)

ROW: A dispute or argument, often a public one. (വിവാദം)

SCOPE: The extent or range of something; the opportunity or possibility for action or operation.

COMPROMISE: An agreement or settlement of a dispute where each party gives up something to reach a mutual agreement. (വിട്ടുവീഴ്ച)

STANDOFF: A situation where neither side in a conflict or dispute is able to gain an advantage or make progress. (വിട്ടുനില്‍ക്കല്‍, അകലം പാലിക്കല്‍)

GRAVE: Serious or significant, often in terms of consequences. (ഗൗരവമായ)

BLUNT: Direct and straightforward, often to the point of being harsh or insensitive. (വിട്ടുവീഴ്ചയ്ക്കു തയ്യാറല്ലാത്ത)

THINK-TANKS: Organizations or groups of experts who provide advice and ideas on specific issues or topics. (വിദഗ്ദ ആളുകളുടെ സംഘം)

AMBASSADOR: A high-ranking diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to another country or international organization. (നയതന്ത്ര പ്രതിനിധി)

EXERCISE: The act of implementing or carrying out something, often a plan or strategy. (നിര്‍വ്വഹിക്കുക)

RESOLUTION: A firm decision to do or not to do something; the action of solving a problem or dispute. (തീരുമാനം, പ്രമേയം)

WITHDRAWAL: The act of removing or pulling back, often in the context of troops or forces retreating from a position. (പിന്‍വാങ്ങല്‍)

PRECONDITION: A requirement or condition that must be fulfilled before something else can happen. (മുന്‍ വ്യവസ്ഥ)

PRIORITY: Something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives; the condition of being regarded or treated as more important. (മുന്‍ഗണന)

TROOPS: Soldiers or armed forces, often used to refer collectively to military personnel. (സൈന്യം)

UNCONDITIONALLY: Without conditions or limitations; without requiring something in return. (നിരുപാധികമായി)

DIALOGUE: Conversation or discussion between two or more parties aimed at resolving a conflict or reaching an agreement. (ചര്‍ച്ച)