Galwan Clash: The Ambassador was persuaded that China and India, two ancient civilizations, have the skill and the experience to manage bilateral relations properly.
New Delhi: Chinese Ambassador to India, Sun Weidong called the Galwan clash, which cost the lives of twenty Indian soldiers, a “unfortunate incident” that said it was a “short moment from a historical perspective.”
“Not long ago, there was an unfortunate incident in the border regions that neither China nor India would like to see. Now, we are working to deal with it properly.
Sun Weidong said that since China and India established diplomatic relations 70 years ago, bilateral relations have withstood tests and become more resilient. “This should not be disrupted by one thing at a time. Bilateral relations should continue to move forward in this new century, rather than backward,” he said.
The Ambassador was convinced that China and India, two ancient civilizations, have the ability and the wisdom to manage bilateral relations properly.
“China sees India as a partner rather than a competitor, and an opportunity rather than a challenge. We hope to put the boundary problem at a suitable position in bilateral ties, manage disagreements properly through dialog and consultation, and bring bilateral relations back on track early,” the Ambassador said.
India and China, Sun Weidong said, “should live in peace and prevent confrontation.”
“No nation should be separated from the rest of the world and pursue growth on its own. Not only should we adhere to self-reliance, but we should also stick to opening up to the outside world in line with the trend of globalization.
The Chinese Ambassador emphasized that China and India have very good economic complementary. “China has been India’s largest trading partner for many years in a row, while India is also South Asia’s largest trading partner for China. The economies of China and India are interwoven and interdependent,” he said. “I think China and India’s two great economies will support one another.
The Chinese Ambassador said language learning is indispensable in people-to – people exchanges and cultural exchanges between the two countries that “can not be ignored, let alone politicised.”
Since April-May, India and China have been engaged in a standoff over the Chinese Army’s transgressions in several areas including Finger Plain, Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Kongrung Nala.
The two sides’ talks have been going on for the past three months, including five Lieutenant-General-Level talks, but have so far failed to yield any results.
The Chinese Army has refused to completely withdraw or disengage from the Finger area and appears to be buying time to delay its disengagement from there.
Though attempts are underway to resolve the ongoing border dispute, India has rejected China ‘s suggestion to equidistantly disengage Eastern Ladakh from the Finger region.
The Chinese embassy had asked India, in a statement, to avoid politicizing normal cooperation and to maintain a healthy and secure growth of people-to – people and cultural exchanges between China and India.
The remarks came after India has begun a thorough review of Confucius Institutes’ local chapters and agreements with Indian universities.