India, China ties cannot take strain of another Doklam, says Chinese envoy Luo Zhaohui

Luo Zhaohui said "some Indian friends" had suggested a trilateral summit comprising India, China and Pakistan, which was a "very constructive" idea.

Published: 18th June 2018 01:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2018 05:42 PM   |  A+A-

Chinese ambassador to New Delhi Luo Zhaohui. (Photo|Reuters)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Bilateral ties between India and China can't take the strain of another Doklam episode, Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui said today, emphasising on the need to find a "mutually acceptable solution" on the boundary issue through a meeting of the Special Representatives.

The Chinese envoy said at an event here that "some Indian friends" had suggested a trilateral summit comprising India, China and Pakistan, which was a "very constructive" idea.

Dwelling on Sino-Indian ties, he said it is quite natural to have differences but they need to be controlled and managed through cooperation.

"We need to control, manage, narrow differences through expanding cooperation.

The boundary question was left over by history.

We need to find a mutual acceptable solution through Special Representatives' Meeting while adopting confidence building measures," he said.

"We cannot stand another Doklam (sic)," the envoy said.

He was delivering a keynote address on 'Beyond Wuhan: How Far and Fast can China-India Relations Go' at an event organised by the Chinese Embassy here.

Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a 73-day stand-off at the Doklam tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China between June to August last year.

One of the immediate fallouts of the Doklam stand-off was the suspension of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Nathu-La side and the annual military exercise between the two countries.

China also did not give the hydrological data of the Brahmaputra and the Indus river that originates in Chinese Tibet.

The envoy today said China will continue to promote religious exchanges and make arrangements for Indian pilgrims going to Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet.

Post-Doklam, there have been frequent high-level engagements between the leaders of the two countries.

This year alone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met twice in the last two months in Wuhan and Qingdao.

Luo said the two leaders are also likely to meet on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit and G20 Summit later this year.

He noted that security cooperation is one of the three pillars of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, an eight-member grouping also comprising India, China and Pakistan.

The envoy said the proposal of India, China and Pakistan holding a trilateral summit was "very constructive".

Leaders of China, Russia and Mongolia hold a similar meet, he noted.

"This is a proposal suggested by some Indian friends and it is a very a good and constructive idea. Maybe not now, but in the future, that is the great idea."

The envoy added that relations between India and China have gone beyond the bilateral scope.

"We need to enhance coordination and cooperation in SCO, BRICS and join hands to tackle social challenges," he said.

Responding to a question on India-China cooperation in Afghanistan, Luo said the two countries have identified a programme to train Afghan public servants and diplomats.

"This is a first step and in future, there is more," he said.

In the informal summit between Modi and Xi at the Wuhan, the two countries had agreed to work jointly on an economic project in Afghanistan.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp