China: India should learn lessons from Doklam standoff

RSTV Bureau

India China flagsA day after India and China ended the standoff in Doklam, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi asked New Delhi to “learn lessons” and prevent such incidents in future.

“The border face off caused by Indian trespassing has been settled,” Wang told the media in Beijing.

“…We hope that the Indian side will learn lessons from this incident and prevent similar things from happening again,” he added while replying to a question.

In New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry did not immediately comment on the Chinese foreign minister’s remarks.

On Monday, India and China agreed to end their standoff in Doklam by withdrawing their troops from the area, just days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China to attend the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit.

Troops of the two countries had been locked in a standoff in Doklam since June 16 after Indian troops stopped the Chinese Army from building a road in the strategically key Dokalam region, a disputed area between China and Bhutan.

The Indian Army had blocked the construction of the road as it could have given China a major military advantage over India at the Bhutan-China-India tri-junction.

File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of the People's Republic of China,  Xi Jinping before the BRICS Summit, in Goa on October 15, 2016.

File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping before the BRICS Summit, in Goa on October 15, 2016.

Wang, who was speaking about the BRICS summit to be held in Xiamen city next week said, “India and China are two big countries. It is natural that there are some problems in our interactions…What is important is that we put these differences at appropriate place and under the principle of mutual respect and following the consensus of our leaders, we need to handle and manage them properly.”

But Wang evaded a direct reply to whether there will be meeting between Modi and President Xi Jinping.

“On the sidelines of the BRICS meeting, Xi will also have meetings with some leaders upon their request. Once relevant arrangements are decided we will let you know. The first thing is whether the leaders will have the willingness to meet. If there is willingness of the leaders participating in the meeting, as a host Chinese side will try to make it possible if our schedule programme permits,” he said.

India had confirmed on Tuesday that PM Modi would visit Xiamen for the BRICS summit.

About the discord between India and China, Wang said, “we hope through the efforts of both sides we will maintain healthy and stable momentum of growth for China India relations” in the interest of Chinese and Indian people as well as meeting the aspiration of international community and neighbouring countries.

Wang said there was a huge potential for greater cooperation between China and India.

“We hope China and India will join hands and work together for rejuvenation of Asia and for the development of our region and contribute our share to greater development,” he said.

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit will be held in the southeast Chinese city of Xiamen from September 3 to 5.

(With inputs from agencies)