China on Wednesday mentioned the extended border difficulty with India must be addressed via peaceable negotiations and never be linked to bilateral relations.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian was reacting to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s feedback on the Qatar Economic Forum Tuesday that China’s army deployment alongside the disputed border with India and uncertainty over whether or not Beijing will fulfil its promise on troop reductions stay a problem for relations between the 2 neighbours.
“We advocate that we should address the boundary issue through peaceful negotiations and we don’t think that the border issue should be linked up to our bilateral ties,” Zhao Lijian mentioned at a media briefing in Beijing.
Zhao Lijian mentioned the army deployment by China within the Western sector alongside the border is a “normal defensive arrangement”.
“It is meant to prevent the encroachment or threat against China’s territory by the relevant country,” he mentioned.
In his remarks, S Jaishankar had mentioned that the bigger difficulty referring to the border row in japanese Ladakh is whether or not India and China can construct a relationship primarily based on mutual sensitivity and respect and whether or not Beijing would stay as much as the written commitments about each side not deploying a big armed drive alongside the frontier.
It has been greater than a 12 months for the reason that army standoff between China and India erupted in japanese Ladakh on May 5, 2020 throughout which there have been fatalities on each side for the primary time in 45 years. The nations have made restricted progress in reaching disengagement within the Pangong Lake space.
The two sides are actually engaged in talks to increase the disengagement course of to the remaining friction factors. India has been notably urgent for the disengagement of troops in Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang.
Last month, Army Chief General MM Naravane mentioned that there might be no de-escalation with out full disengagement in any respect friction factors in japanese Ladakh and that the Army is ready for all contingencies within the area.