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Doklam-like issues will be dealt strongly in future: Chinese expert

In the past, we thought we would shelve differences. Now, we will face them squarely: Chinese expert

IANS  |  Beijing 

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will handle more "squarely" issues like and not adopt the past approach of trying to shelve differences, a Chinese expert said on Wednesday.

The expert with China's leading think tank also said that will not compromise on the issues safeguarding sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests.

"When safeguarding sovereignty, territorial integrity and core interests, we will always be assertive and strong because there is no room for compromise on these issues," said Peng, Vice President at the Institutes for Contemporary International Relations.

Asked if he meant that will deal strongly on issues like Dokalm, said: "It will depend really on what kind of crisis it is. It will depend on the situation.

"In the past, we thought we would shelve differences. Now, we will face them squarely.

"Because even if we agree to shelve differences, the other party might not agree to do so. So we now face these problems head on, and safeguard our legitimate interests. But we will do this in an incremental way."

India and were locked in a two-month military stand-off at in the Sikkim section of their border. The crises ended in August, with both sides retreating from the point of the face-off.

was talking to journalists on China's foreign policy in the next five years.

"Indeed, as far as protecting our interests on sovereignty and ensuring a stable and peaceful periphery are concerned, it is not so easy to strike a balance. No country will seek a peaceful external environment at the cost of its own interests.

"President Xi talked about peaceful development and also that we will never allow actions that hurt China's interests," added.

He said did not want conflict with India but will defend its territory strongly if the need arose.

"This relationship is as important as other major country relations such as and It is not something that and India want to see. Both are rapidly emerging countries and partners within We want to see the rise of the two countries like brothers.

"The last thing we want to see is a full-blown conflict. Both sides should learn the lesson that we don't need to fight and that we should take on a strategic high, like the China-relationship.

"These issues should be handled in a proper way rather than letting them hijack bilateral relationship. We need more comprehensive mechanisms and dialogue," he added.

First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 18:37 IST
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