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Ties with India damaged by Doklam, not derailed: China Foreign Minister

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.

Written by Apurva | Beijing | Updated: September 8, 2017 8:42 am
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In first remarks after the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping two days ago, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi Thursday said relations between the two countries were “not derailed” while admitting that ties were “damaged and affected” during the 73-day Doklam stand off.

“Recently, due to well-known reasons, Sino-Indian relations were indeed damaged and affected. Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi have held successful bilateral talks in Xiamen and both sides should conscientiously implement the consensus of the leaders and ensure healthy and stable development,” Wang said, responding to a question at a press conference with Nepal Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

Wang said that relations were not “derailed” and underscored the importance of bilateral ties. “Sino-Indian relations are not derailed. Sino-Indian development represents the future of the world… win-win cooperation is an inevitable choice and the correct direction for Sino-Indian ties,” he said.

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He said the two countries should learn from the past and maintain a peaceful border. “There should be no confrontation. We need to build strategic mutual trust, and the two sides need to work and regard each other as partners of cooperation, rather than be driven by old fashioned mindsets and regard each other as rivals or threats,” he said.

He said differences and problems should be handled properly along the lines of the five principles of peaceful coexistence.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called Army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks that India could not rule out the possibility of a two-front war as “shocking”. “We have taken note of the position of the Indian military official concerned… I do not know whether his statements have been authorised, were his personal impromptu comments or were on behalf of the Indian government,” MFA’s Geng Shuang said.

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    B M
    Sep 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm
    Pappu Pracharak mandali will not appreciate the current government for the stand on the crisis and winning the battle without firing a bullet. Learn to appreciate good things in life, Pappu pracharak kahan hai!
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      Ramesh Nittoor
      Sep 8, 2017 at 3:38 pm
      Admittedly, Rawat has such a big mouth that he could ignite the hostile atmosphere between Beijing and New Delhi. He not only turns a blind eye to international rules, but also made us see the arrogance probably prevailing in the Indian Army. He advocated a two-front war in such a high-profile manner, but where does the Indian Army's confidence come from? ------ So wrote a Rawat specific editorial in GlobalTimes. This attack was coming and I had just warned of it here itself, and it proves beyond doubt Chinese infowar techniques. Here unlike Chess moves, the first mover of dark design is Black power, and responder of it lawfully is the White, legal power. India being a civil, legal democracy responding to this Chinese propaganda was set to thwart it provided the infowar aspect of it was recognized. All that Chinese have foolishly done now is exposed themselves. An aware India becomes immune to Chinese messaging dissemination when there is awareness of its concerted moves.
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        Ramesh Nittoor
        Sep 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm
        While India is able to capitalize on this first responder advantage as a Civil legal power, there is also responsibility to respond to China in a manner which is perceived as constructive by the deep state of China. In Doklam India achieved its set objective of stalling Chinese advance, Chinese retreat in Doklam also came with a De Jure assertion. It is also required to make China retreat from terror support to Pakistan, and not be a roadblock in NSG, balance trade with India, among other things. A constructive response as the First Response is necessary each time to pacify jittery Chinese and build adequate mutual trust. Interpretation and response deserve to be done with due consideration and care.
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      2. sanajy
        Sep 8, 2017 at 2:56 pm
        1、Tibet is the poorest provinces in China. architectural and cultural treasures have been damaged and conditions for the monks have deteriorated. the monastery were damaged and the frescoes were cracked. 2、In Tibet, tibetans were classified as low-level people, their "price of life equal to that of a straw rope", they were deprived the rights of political parti tion and education. 3、Tibet did not have a single modern school, did not have the opportunity to attend school.The illiteracy rate was more than 98 percent of the population. 4、Tibet’s female reproduction was considered unclean, and women could only give birth in sheds of livestock. Maternal and infant mortality rates were very high. 5、No work, no human rights, Bhutan and Tibet bro join India as a 33 state. Tibet is very poor, everywhere refugees, everywhere floods.
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          Ravishankar
          Sep 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm
          Big bullies these Chinese! Only Pappu Raga may appreciate their comments!
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            Asish
            Sep 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm
            Pappu ko wahi kyon nahin rakh leta. Bechare ka maa ke sewai koi nahin hain. Congress party is nothing but filled with highly inspirational slaves, who have no interest in humanity, except rubbing their noses in front of the Gadhi family.
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            p g
            Sep 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm
            Ties will be much more damaged if your media does not shut it's mouth. False reporting will damage further ties.
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