Defence

Border situation cannot be swept under carpet, says Indian envoy to China

By The Hindu

Maintaining peace and tranquillity in the border areas is the “essential basis” to take forward India’s ties with China, India’s envoy to China Vikram Misri said on Monday.

There needed to be “respect for mutual concerns and sensitivities and for each other’s priorities”, Mr. Misri said in an interaction with Chinese scholars from think-tanks and universities in the southern city of Guangzhou, according to a statement from the Indian Embassy in Beijing.

Mr. Misri said, at another dialogue last week hosted by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA), there was “a tendency in some quarters to sweep this situation under the carpet and characterise it as just a minor issue and a matter of perspective”.

“This too is inadvisable as it can only take us further away from a sustained solution to present difficulties and deeper into an unfulfilling stalemate,” he said. “In fact, it would be tantamount to running away from the problem and in a direction opposite to that where the promise of our closer development partnership lies.”

Talks between military commanders appear to remain deadlocked over carrying forward disengagement in the Gogra and Hot Springs areas following the completion of the first phase at Pangong Lake.

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