‘India-China differences shouldn’t become disputes’

“In truth, the India-China relationship by now has acquired so many dimensions, and so much substance , that reducing it to black and white argumentation cannot be a serious proposition,” he said in a lecture to mark 25 years of India-ASEAN ties in Singapore.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 12, 2017 4:05 am
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In the backdrop of India-China standoff near India-Bhutan-China tri-junction, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar Tuesday stressed that differences should not become disputes between the neighbours.

“In truth, the India-China relationship by now has acquired so many dimensions, and so much substance , that reducing it to black and white argumentation cannot be a serious proposition,” he said in a lecture to mark 25 years of India-ASEAN ties in Singapore.

Jaishankar cited last month’s meeting between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Astana, Kazakhstan, to stress the dictum to deal with issues between the two countries. “India-China relations are really multi-faceted,” he said. “Last month, when leaders of the two countries met at Astana, they reached consensus on two key points: (a) that at a time of global uncertainty, India-China relations are a factor of stability, and (b) in their relationship, India and China must not allow differences to become disputes. This consensus underlines the strategic maturity with which the two countries must continue to approach each other.”

Although Jaishankar did not refer to the current military standoff in Sikkim sector, he acknowledged that both countries have differences on a host of issues. “This is not to suggest that old problems have been all addressed, or that new issues will not arise,” he said. “India has an alarming trade deficit that, in our view, emanates from obstacles to market access in China. Negotiations on the longstanding boundary dispute also still continue. Differences on issues such as terrorism, nuclear energy access and connectivity initiatives have also acquired some prominence.”

Jaishankar’s attempt to remind the understanding of not escalating differences to dispute-level appeared an attempt to strike a conciliatory note to allow elbow room for a diplomatic resolution.

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    Ali Shahanshah
    Jul 12, 2017 at 1:34 pm
    Disputes occur when there is lack of communication!Or mis-communication for personal or populist short term gains! Disputes occur when both parties start hitting below the belt.The reaction stems from one party starting the malpractice! Disputes occur when propaganda machines work overtime without any sensitivity towards each other. Disputes occur when one tries to teach the other a lesson using surrep ious methods!Any more reasons for disputes occurrence should be mentioned and recorded so as to prevent such happenings in future.
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      Ramesh Nittoor
      Jul 12, 2017 at 6:14 am
      China has hardened its stand further, and claims on an apriori basis the disputed land is her territory. The noisy khedda operation of Chinese has failed to trap Indian Tusker into a dugout pit. Instead India has emerged with a firmed up architecture. This emphasis on alarming deficit ought to make them think. This deficit is probably being funneled into India encirclement operations, faster India balances her trade with China, better it would be. Though India can not afford to mar relationship further with sanctions, taking effective measures to balance trade may reduce the security threat somewhat. It makes more sense to remain open to Chinese economy and leverage her stunning economic performance to enhance Indian growth. The naysayers in China can be, once perceived by rest of Chinese as rendered ineffective, will be sidelined and moderates, who are majority shall stabilize relationship to an even keel.
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        Ramesh Nittoor
        Jul 12, 2017 at 7:18 am
        Chinese have most probably miscalculated Indian response. Their pressure has done a yeoman service for India, enabling her Right polity to steer clear of medieval religious mode political overtone to one of आधुनिकभारत . This acceleration of change process has firmed up internal political architecture and is in the process of creating greatly expanded central , non-partisan space, thereby spurring socio-economic modernization. Pressuring India further, if responded thoughtfully by India, shall worsen the relative advantage of China even further.
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          Ramesh Nittoor
          Jul 12, 2017 at 7:25 am
          The core consensus established by their core leader is worth adhering to by the dissenting factions within Chinese establishment which is seeking to the pitch of Bharat-China relationship. Hopefully these dissenters will see wisdom of their core leader in fashioning this mature approach along with Indian PM.
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            Ramesh Nittoor
            Jul 12, 2017 at 8:01 am
            is seeking to the pitch of Bharat-China relationship.
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              Ramesh Nittoor
              Jul 12, 2017 at 8:02 am
              is seeking to q.u.e.e.r the pitch of Bharat-China relationship. Hopefu