Learn from the Dokhlam issue : Chinese Foreign Minister tell India

31 August, 2017, 01:21 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The confrontation began in the Himalayan region when India sent troops to prevent China from building a road in the remote, uninhabited zone of disputed China and Bhutan.

The face-off in Dokalam was resolved days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit next week. "Of course we hope that whether it is the Prime Minister of India visiting other countries or the Prime Minister of Japan visiting India, those visits always contribute to worldwide cooperation, in particular increase mutual understanding, solidarity and cooperation among Asian countries".

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Tuesday said India's restraint in face of China's belligerent rhetoric worked in the country's favour during the Doklam troop faceoff, even as the defence establishment did not rule out "pinpricks" from the People's Liberation Army (PLA) along the Line of Actual Control.

Bhutan has said it welcomed the disengagement by India and China at the face-off site in Doklam.

The second statement issued by the Indian foreign ministry said India's "principled" position had been that "agreements and understandings reached on boundary issues must be scrupulously respected".

The protracted border row between China and India has ended in time for a summit of the world's leading emerging market economies, but analysts say it will cast a long shadow over the geopolitical landscape. The development before Modi announced his China visit to attend the BRICS summit, where he's likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines.

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"There is huge potential and space for greater cooperation between China and India".

Chinese state councillor Yang Jiechi was blunt in his approach as he asked if Doklam was India's territory? "What is important is that we put these differences at an appropriate place", Wang said. Don't underestimate us, China repeatedly insisted, we are prepared for military conflict if need be.

India's External Affairs Ministry did not immediately comment on the Chinese foreign minister's remarks.

"India withdrawing troops is a fact, did we give up some legitimate rights such as building road, this is what citizens care about, our focus is whether India's withdrawal is unconditional, hope there is a clear explanation", one user on China's social media platform Weibo posted after news of the standoff.

"In order to meet the needs of defending the borders and improving the living condition, China has always been engaged in infrastructure development, including the road constructions in Donlang area", Hua said at a briefing here.

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