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Envoy reaches out, says India, China not threat to each other ‘Dragon And Elephant Must Dance Together’

May 28, 2020 05:21 AM

COURTESY TOI MAY 28

Envoy reaches out, says India, China not threat to each other
‘Dragon And Elephant Must Dance Together’
Sachin.Parashar@timesgroup.com

New Delhi:

Amid tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and some aggressive commentary in Chinese media, China’s ambassador to India Sun Weidong on Wednesday seemed to convey a more conciliatory message as he told a select gathering here that India and China didn’t pose a threat to each other and should never allow their differences to “shadow” bilateral cooperation.


Sun also described the neighbours as “opportunities” for each other and said the countries needed to see each other’s development in the correct way to enhance “strategic mutual trust”. The remarks came on a day the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing echoed Sun’s tenor, describing the border situation as overall stable and controllable, adding that India and China were capable of resolving the issue through dialogue.

Though there was no breakthrough yet at the sites of confrontation in east Ladakh where Chinese troops have intruded into areas India considers its own, commanders on both sides remain in touch. On Tuesday, India had clearly signalled it would not step back from forward positions facing Chinese troops until they withdrew.


China’s ambassador calls for a ‘harmonious co-existence’

We should correctly view our differences and never let differences shadow overall bilateral cooperation. At the same time, we should gradually seek understanding through communication and constantly resolve differences,” China’s ambassador to India Sun Weidong said, adding that China and India should be good neighbours of “harmonious co-existence” and good partners to move forward hand in hand. The formulation seems in keeping with efforts to ensure the heightened tensions do not lead to a serious escalation.

Sun said India and China should adhere to the “basic judgment” that they were each other’s opportunities and posed no threat to one another.

“The realisation of the dragon and elephant dancing together is the only right choice for China and India, which serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and two peoples. As two major emerging economies, China and India should strengthen practical cooperation in investment, production capacity and other fields, and expand common interests,” he said.

 

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