01 Oct 17/sunday
Moving away from the Doklam crisis, both India and China on Saturday expressed confidence of amicably resolving border issues and building a new chapter in their relationship.
Soon after the Chinese envoy to India, Luo Zhaohui, said that the time was right for the two countries to “turn a new chapter” in ties and “dance together”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh praised the positive approach of the two countries while solving the Doklam crisis and hoped to completely resolve the border issues through structural dialogue.
“There was a deadlock in Doklam but we resolved the issue through dialogue. Both India and China shared a positive approach,” Singh said while addressing the ITBP jawans during the Dussehra celebrations in Uttarakhand’s Joshimath, close to the China border.
Singh also visited ITBP’s Rimkhim post near the India-China border.
In an indirect reference to the 73-day Doklam standoff in Bhutan, Ambassador Zhaohui made a strong pitch for renewing Indo-China ties by using the idiom that “India and China should make one plus one equal to eleven”.
“We should turn the old page and start a new chapter with the same pace and same direction,” Zhaohui said while speaking on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
Referring to the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Xiamen earlier this month, Zhaohui said both leaders sent out a clear message regarding the need to maintain peace and tranquility in border areas and to strengthen their ties.
“China is the largest trading partner of India. We have made a lot of progress at the bilateral level, as well as in international and regional affairs. I am quite sure that with joint efforts, we will be able to focus on cooperation, handle the differences properly, enhance mutual trust, and move forward and take our relations to a new height,” Ambassador Zhaohui said.