Border issue casts shadow on bilateral relations: Indian envoy to China

October 19, 2021 10:50 PM STI

Beijing [China], October 19 (ANI): Amid ongoing discussions between two neighbors on the border issue, Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri on Tuesday expressed hope that the two countries can resolve the border issue which “casts a shadow” on bilateral relations.
In an interview with Global Times, the Ambassador of India added that India and China are two great countries of the world and have a historic track record of engagement and cooperation, which “has been largely positive over the years. Last 30 years “.
“Discussions are continuing and we hope both sides can resolve this (border) issue as it casts a shadow over bilateral relations,” Misri said on the sidelines of BFA’s 1st Global Economic Development and Security Forum in Changsha. .
In the 13th commander-level talks earlier this month, India had made constructive suggestions but the Chinese side disagreed.
At last week’s press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said India expects the Chinese side to work towards a swift resolution of any remaining issues on the Line of Real Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

“We made constructive suggestions during the 13th round of the India-China corps commanders meeting to resolve the remaining areas, but the Chinese side disagreed. I wouldn’t want to characterize it in any particular way, except to say that two parties have agreed to maintain communications and maintain stability on the ground, “he said.
He said that resolving the remaining areas and restoring peace and tranquility would facilitate progress in all bilateral relations.
Last month, Vikram Misri said that “target shifting” should be avoided in bilateral relations, as they are an obstacle that can block progress.
Speaking in a virtual dialogue hosted by a Chinese university, Misri argued that challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, reviving economies and sweeping technological transformations have only served to amplify the importance of Indo-Chinese relations.
He said that recent experience between the two countries suggests that at the field level, when dealing with a difficult situation, finding a resolution depends on mature minds and consistency between words and actions. (ANI)

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