With no agreeable solution emerging out of several rounds of bilateral talks between India and China on the international boundary dispute, the latter expressed that it wants a concrete pact on the contentious and a long standing issue. China has further suggested that it wants a Code of Conduct on the boundary to maintain peace between the two countries.
With this, the Chinese administration has taken a stand differing with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister had earlier floated a proposal that two neighbours sit down to clarify the position of Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“Whatever we do in the border area it should be constructive. That means it should be a building block for the process of negotiations not stumbling block,” Deputy Director General of the Asian Affairs at the Foreign Ministry Huang Xilian said addressing the delegation of Indian press in Beijing.
In their first public reaction to PM Modi’s proposal, the Chinese official also claimed that the previous attempts to clarify the dispute on the LAC had “encountered difficulties”.
“If we find that clarification of the LAC is building block then we should go ahead. But if we find that it is a stumbling block it could complicate the situation further. We have to be careful,” Huang, the Ministry’s point man for India, said while speaking on the outcome of PM Modi’s three-day visit here last month.
“We have to seek some kind of comprehensive measures, not only one measure to control and manage the border to ensure peace and tranquillity along the border. We can try and reach an agreement on the Code of Conduct,” Huang added.
So far, the two sides have had 18 rounds of talks headed by a Special Representatives to address and find resolution on the issue.
India had always asserted that the dispute between the two is confined to the western side of the border spanning to about 4,000 kms, especially the Aksai Chin area annexed by China in 1962 war.
And on the other hand, the Chinese authorities have been claiming that the border dispute is confined only to 2,000 kms mostly in Arunachal Pradesh.
With the dispute not reaching any tangible agreement through talks, China has spelled a new stand.
“We tried to clarify some years ago but it encountered some difficulties, which led to even complex situation. That is why whatever we do we should make it more conducive to peace and tranquillity for making things easier and not to make them complicated,” the Foreign Affairs Ministry official said.
(With inputs from the PTI)