India, China can handle border differences, senior Indian official says


India and China can manage the differences that are likely to arise from time to time over their contested border, India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said on Tuesday, commenting on recent tension sparked by Chinese road-building.

In early June, according to the Chinese interpretation of events, Indian guards crossed into China’s Donglang region and obstructed work on a road on a plateau adjoining the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim.

Troops from the two sides then confronted each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from Bhutan – a close Indian ally – and gives China access to the so-called Chicken’s Neck, a thin strip of land that connects India to its remote northeastern regions.

Delivering a lecture in Singapore, Jaishankar said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping reached consensus on two points at a meeting last month on the sidelines of a regional summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The two nuclear-armed Asian neighbors must not allow their differences to become disputes, and should ensure their relations were a factor of stability amid global uncertainty, Jaishankar said, summarizing the two points.

“This consensus underlines the strategic maturity with which the two countries must continue to approach each other,” he added at an event hosted by the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Asked specifically about the recent confrontation in the Himalayan region, Jaishankar said the neighbors had experience dealing with such situations.

“It is a long border,” Jaishankar said. “As you know, no part of the border has been agreed upon. It is likely that from time to time there are differences.”

He added, “It is not the first time that has happened. And when such situations arise, how we handle it…is a test of our maturity.

“I see no reason why, when having handled so many situations in the past, we would not be able to handle it.”

During his lecture, Jaishankar described the evolving India-China relationship as having direct implications for Asia and perhaps the world.

Ties between China and India, which fought a brief border war in 1962, have long been frosty over territorial disputes, as well as Beijing’s support of Pakistan, and Indian leaders declined to attend China’s “Belt and Road” summit in May.

(Reporting by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Source: Reuters “India, China can handle border differences, senior Indian official says”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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12 Comments on “India, China can handle border differences, senior Indian official says”

  1. Rinpoche says:

    Delhi’s troop incursion into China’s territory has serious repercussions which the inept modi has not contemplated. What it means is that Beijing now can also unilaterally send troops into indian disputed territories like Kashmir and Jammu on the ostensible pretext to protect Pakistan’s security interests. You can read more about this in an interesting article by Gerry Brown in counterpunch.com.

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  3. Simon says:

    I doubt India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar would be so understanding and accomodating with his word if Chinese troops crossed over to Indian territory and obstruct legitimate road building work. Every day China does not do anything to kick these Indian soldiers out of Chinese territories everyday Xi becomes weaker. Deng Xiaoping would have no hesitation and would have acted decisively. Any foreign country that crossed into another country uninvited is a red line for conflict.

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    • Steve says:

      China building roads into the disputed areas maybe a viable answer. It will probably arouse cross border military conflict.

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  4. Steve says:

    Modi knew what his intentions were when he refused to attend China’s B&R. India is using the the close alliance with Bhutan as an excuse and Bhutan is playing alongside India, since the Bhutanese military is trained by India. Over the years, Bhutan has received financial aid and development projects from India. It is a very long boundary, but military confrontation is not the answer if China wants to be a responsible partner in the international community.

    Building roads in the disputed area makes sense. China’s National highway 219 construction runs thru Aksai Chin, which was one major obstacle that triggered the Sino Indian war of 1962. If
    China intent on military confrontation on border disputes with Bhutan and India, building roads maybe the only option.

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  5. johnleecan says:

    India is using China’s way of announcing how they are going to settle their differences. Yes, just giving these announcement but in reality, these Indians never meant it. Indians just want to show people around the world that they are a civilized country but in reality, they are not.

    The truth is, Indians can’t wait to fight the Chinese. They can’t get over their loss to China before. But why aren’t they attacking China? Because they are too afraid they will lose again so they are always trying to find allies who can together fight China with them.

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  6. Fre Okin says:

    Usual Indian story telling with no substance. The fact of the matter is Indian troops illegally moved into the disputed territory that is between China and Bhutan and is none of India’s business.

    Wimp Wangchuck King of Bhutan allow India to park hundreds, even thousands of troops on Bhutanese soil using ‘security threat’ lies. China have zero reason to invade Bhutan itself, never have, never will.

    China should bulldoze Indian troops out of the disputed territory to teach these invasive species a lesson to say out of disputed areas. Plus if the Bhutanese refuse to negotiate sincerely to settle due to Indian pressure, China should just continue to build roads in the disputed area. Why wait 1000 years to settle? Make no sense!

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    • Auweiwei says:

      There are 2 disputed sections along China Bhutan border, that was discusses during the last 37 years and 24 rounds of negotiation. The Chinese road did’nt cross neither one of the 2 disputed area. It’s the indian twisting the fact, they are practicaly creating a New disputed area, a third one. If they can invade donglang on behalf of Bhutan, they May invade xinjiang on behalf of turkey or even Beijing on behalf of Taiwan. Today the indian with the yanks and japs doing a naval exercise together, they are practicing Hunting Chinese submarine and blocking of Chinese energy suply and trade through the malacca Strait, afterwart they said opently to the press, that the exercise was directed at China and russia. What did the stupid communist in Beijing doing? Nothing! ! ! The dumb communist continuing appeasing the enemies, they are an embarrassment and gonna be the cause for Chinese downfall for sure.

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      • ... The War Was Lost says:

        The Chinese government including the CPC’s public relations management or handling is almost non existent, or if it exist, is abysmal. Washington and New Delhi and even Tokyo are running rings around Beijing. They have no idea what to do. You would not be far from wrong in your conclusion. They even let their own Global Times smear, insult and threaten Chinese via Indian trolls comments. A classic case of enemies within their ranks and they don’t even know it. Shocking.

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        • Auweiwei says:

          Communist want to be Seen as peace loving angels, stupid Illusion.
          There is a very serious threat to national security that need to be answer with decisive countermeassure. They could have divert 1 or 2 rivers in the himalaya to hurt the indian seriously.

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