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India, China must strengthen border CBMs, says envoy

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Lesson of final yr’s border incident profound and such incident shouldn’t be repeated: Sun Weidong

India and China must strengthen confidence-building measures in border areas and keep away from a repeat of final yr’s border disaster, China’s envoy to India Sun Weidong has mentioned.

 

“Maintenance of peace and tranquillity need our joint efforts,” Mr. Sun mentioned. “The border disputes can only be resolved through dialogue and negotiations… In case of an incident, a timely communication through military and diplomatic channels should be undertaken to avoid any action that may complicate or escalate the situation. We should strengthen confidence-building measures to jointly maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas. The lesson of last year’s border incident is profound and such incident should not be repeated.”

 

He made the feedback in a “virtual dialogue” with columnist Sudheendra Kulkarni, the transcript of which was launched on Sunday by China’s Embassy in New Delhi.

 

On final yr’s conflict within the Galwan Valley which marked the worst violence on the border since 1967, Mr. Sun mentioned: “Neither China nor India would like to see it happen. Both sides are willing to resolve issues and de-escalate tensions through dialogue and consultation.” The disengagement at Pangong Lake was “conducive to building mutual trust and further easing the situation on the ground”.

 

He mentioned either side had “the political will to resolve the boundary question” and “should actively push forward boundary talks and strive to reach a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution”.

 

While the Chinese envoy referred to as on either side to view relations “in a comprehensive way rather than limited to one part” and mentioned “the boundary question is not the whole story of China-India relations”, India has made clear that relations can not proceed as regular until there’s peace and tranquillity in border areas.

 

Last yr’s disaster, India has mentioned, was triggered by China’s mobilisation of numerous troops in ahead areas and a number of transgressions throughout the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that went in opposition to a variety of border agreements that had helped preserve the peace.

 

India final yr positioned curbs on Chinese funding and banned greater than 200 Chinese apps, underlining that commerce and funding couldn’t proceed as regular in gentle of final yr’s border disaster.

 

Mr. Sun mentioned “complete decoupling” or “selective decoupling”, in his view, “will not be realistic and harm others without benefiting oneself”. “We hope that India will treat all as equals in its opening-up and refrain from imposing restrictions on specific countries or regions, over-stretching the concept of national security to exclude companies from specific countries,” he mentioned.

 

Last yr, two-way commerce reached $87.6 billion, of which India’s exports to China have been $20.8 billion, up 16%. “It shows that the Chinese market will always welcome marketable commodities,” he mentioned. “China has been India’s largest trading partner for consecutive years and India is China’s largest trading partner in South Asia. This is the result of the market functions and enterprises’ choices,” Mr. Sun mentioned.

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