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China values India ties but firm on 'sovereign rights', interests: Wang Yi

China will firmly uphold the existing international system with the UN at the core, and protect and expand the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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always values the good neighborliness and friendship with India, but it is also firm on upholding its "sovereign rights", interests and territorial integrity, Chinese Yi said today. handled the Dokalam standoff with "restraint", showing the "emphasis" it places on ties with New Delhi, he said. Touching on China's relations with major countries and its diplomatic initiatives last year, Yi, in a lengthy article in the Chinese International Studies journal, dwelt about Sino-ties, stating that Beijing's diplomatic engagement with resulted in withdrawing its troops and equipment from Dokalam. The journal is published by Institute of International Studies, a think-tank attached to the The 73-day standoff at Dokalam over which also has counterclaims began in June last year when Indian troops objected to building a road close to India's Chicken-Neck Corridor, a narrow corridor connecting north-eastern states. The standoff ended on August 28 after Chinese troops agreed to stop building the road following which both the sides agreed on the "expeditious disengagement" of personnel at Dokalam, according to the Yi said always values the good neighborliness and friendship with as "we are each other's big neighbors and ancient civilisations". In the meantime, is also firm in upholding its sovereign rights and interests and territorial integrity, he said. "We handled the Indian border troops trespass into China's area in our interest, on just grounds and with restraint.

Through diplomatic means, we engaged with the Indian side and it withdrew its equipment and personnel. "This demonstrates not only the value and emphasis we put on relations with but also our sincerity and sense of responsibility in maintaining regional peace and stability," the said. "We believe as we continue to engage in in-depth strategic communication and promptly dispel strategic misgivings, the strategic value of China-cooperation will speak for itself and there will be a prospect of 'the Dragon and Elephant dancing together' and 1+1=11 effect as expected by the leaders," Yi said. On Chinese diplomacy in general, he said will continue to break new ground in pursuing major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era. "We will take a longer and broader perspective, and be even more open-minded and resourceful in our diplomacy. We will give more consideration to the overall interests of the world and humanity, and work in a proactive manner," he said. will firmly uphold the existing international system with the UN at the core, and protect and expand the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, he said. "We will continue to act as a responsible major country to contribute to world peace, promote global development, and uphold the international order," Yi added.

First Published: Sat, February 03 2018. 18:10 IST
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