Isolated China softens stand on LaC, calls Galwan ‘brief moment in history’

26 August, 2020 | Ojasvi Chauhan

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Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India termed the Galwan clash, which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, as an unfortunate incident saying it is a brief moment from the perspective of history.

Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong termed the Galwan clash, which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers, as an unfortunate incident saying it is a brief moment from the perspective of history. The Chinese Ambassador said while speaking at China-India youth webinar that, not long ago, an unfortunate incident happened in the border areas that neither China nor India would have liked to see, now they were working to handle it properly. He said that it was a brief moment from the perspective of history.

Weidong said since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and India 70 years ago, bilateral relations have withstood tests and become more resilient. “It should not be disturbed by one thing at a time. In this new century, bilateral relations should continue to move forward instead of backward,” he said.

The Ambassador was convinced that China and India, two ancient civilizations, have the wisdom and ability to properly handle bilateral relations. The Ambassador said that China sees India as a partner instead of a rival, and an opportunity instead of a threat. He added that they hope to put the boundary question at an appropriate place in bilateral relations, properly handle differences through dialogue and consultation, and push bilateral relations back on track at an early date.

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Weidong said India and China should live in peace and avoid conflicts. He said that no country could be isolated from the rest of the world and seek development on its own they should not only adhere to self-reliance but also stick to opening up to the outside world in line with the trend of globalization. He added that only in this way can they achieve better development.

The Chinese Ambassador emphasised that the economic complementarity between China and India is very strong. “China has been India’s largest trading partner for many years in a row, while India is also China’s largest trading partner in South Asia. The Chinese and Indian economies are interwoven and interdependent,” he said. “I think the two big economies of China and India should attract each other like magnets, rather than forcefully separate them.”

The Chinese Ambassador said language learning is indispensable in people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries, which cannot be ignored, let alone be politicized. India and China are engaged in a standoff since April-May over the transgressions by the Chinese Army in multiple areas including Finger area, Galwan valley, Hot springs and Kongrung Nala.

The talks between the two sides have been going on for the last three months including five Lieutenant general-level talks but have failed to yield any results, so far. The Chinese Army has refused to withdraw or disengage completely from the Finger area and seems to be buying time to delay its disengagement from there.

While efforts are underway to resolve the ongoing border dispute, India has rejected the Chinese suggestion to disengage equidistantly from the Finger area in Eastern Ladakh. Earlier this month, China had expressed hope that India will treat Confucius Institutes in an “objective and fair manner”.

In a statement, the Chinese embassy had asked India to avoid politicising normal cooperation and maintain healthy and stable development of China-India people-to-people and cultural exchanges. The remarks came after India begins a comprehensive review of local chapters of Confucius Institutes and agreements with Indian universities.

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