NEW DELHI: Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong termed the Galwan conflict, which claimed lives of 20 Indian troopers, as ‘unfortunate incident’ saying it’s “brief moment from the perspective of history.”
“Not long ago, an unfortunate incident happened in the border areas that neither China nor India would like to see. Now we are working to handle it properly. It is a brief moment from the perspective of history,” the Chinese Ambassador mentioned whereas talking at China-India youth webinar.
Weidong mentioned because the institution of diplomatic relations between China and India 70 years in the past, bilateral relations have withstood checks and turn out to be extra 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 mentioned.
The Ambassador was satisfied that China and India, two historical civilizations, have the knowledge and skill to correctly deal with bilateral relations.
“China sees India as a partner instead of a rival, and an opportunity instead of a threat. We 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,” the Ambassador mentioned.
Weidong mentioned India and China “should live in peace and avoid conflicts.”
“No country can be isolated from the rest of the world and seek development on its own. We should not only adhere to self-reliance, but also stick to opening up to the outside world in line with the trend of globalization. Only in this way can we achieve better development,” he mentioned.
The Chinese Ambassador emphasised that the financial complementarity between China and India may be very robust. “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 mentioned. “I think the two big economies of China and India should attract each other like magnets, rather than forcefully separate them.”
The Chinese Ambassador mentioned language studying is indispensable in people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the 2 nations, 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 a number of areas together with Finger space, Galwan valley, Hot springs and Kongrung Nala.
The talks between the 2 sides have been occurring for the final three months together with 5 Lieutenant general-level talks however have did not yield any outcomes, to this point.
The Chinese Army has refused to withdraw or disengage utterly from the Finger space and appears to be shopping for time to delay its disengagement from there.
While efforts are underway to resolve the continuing border dispute, India has rejected the Chinese suggestion to disengage equidistantly from the Finger space in Eastern Ladakh.
Earlier this month, China had expressed hope that India will deal with Confucius Institutes in an “objective and fair manner”.
In an announcement, the Chinese embassy had requested India to keep away from politicising regular cooperation and preserve wholesome and secure growth of China-India people-to-people and cultural exchanges.
The remarks got here after India begins a complete assessment of native chapters of Confucius Institutes and agreements with Indian universities.