Asked if both the countries have left behind the Doklam episode, Zhanwu said, “Yes we have left that behind and are working together to take forward the bilateral relationship”.
Indian and Chinese troops faced off for more than two months at Doklam plateau near Sikkim which has been claimed by both China and Bhutan.
At 14,200 feet, Nathu La is an important pass on the Tibet-Sikkim border through which passes the old Gangtok-Yatung-Lhasa trade route. Chinese and Indian soldiers are deployed barely 30 metres apart — the closest they are anywhere along the 3,488 km Sino-Indian border.
Partnership with Japan could be the cornerstone of a coalition to take on China’s economic, military might.
This was his first remarks after the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping two days ago on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit.
Free expression, that key ingredient of democracy, is today embattled in India. Lynching by cow vigilantes has become common.
Defence experts also feel that the frequency of incidents of incursions by the Chinese Army may go up in the coming months and years after the Dokalam face-off, and Sitharaman may face a challenge in handling such complex issues.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed a successful visit to China for the BRICS summit, new details have emerged about the disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area last week.
PM Modi took to Twitter after the talks: “Met President Xi Jinping. We held fruitful talks on bilateral relations between India and China.” Xi Jinping told Modi that China was prepared to work with India on the five principles of Panchsheel
For weeks before the summit, the world was transfixed by the spectacle of troops of two nuclear-weapons states facing off on the Doklam plateau.
We have seen what an inspiring leadership can achieve. In the past, the entire nation had taken to observing a fast on Mondays. Today, once again, the entire nation is making efforts to make the country clean,” Mohan Bhagwat said.
The meeting comes days after India and China called off their troops after a 73-day stand-off at the Doklam Plateau. The two leaders had greeted each other with a warm handshake and broad smiles before the start of the BRICS Plenary Session on Monday.
BRICS Summit: This will be the first meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping after the end of the Doklam standoff.
One of the key elements in this strategy, sources said, was the fact that the US under President Donald Trump was seen to be ceding space in global governance, and New Delhi gauged that the Chinese would be keen to capture that leadership space at the global stage.
The summit attended by Modi along with leaders of the five countries is due to end tomorrow. Geng evaded a direct answer to a question whether the recent bilateral tensions over Dokalam standoff would figure in the talks between the two leaders.