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Doklam standoff ends: India, China have huge scope for cooperation, says Beijing

Doklam standoff ends: Huge potential for cooperation between India-China

Reuters  |  Beijing 

Doklam standoff ends
India and China have deep historical and cultural connections, but relations have seesawed since they fought a brief border war in 1962.

Asian giants China and have great potential for cooperation, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Wednesday, seeking to cast the neighbours’ difficult ties in a positive light ahead of a visit next week by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two agreed this week to de-escalate a more than two-month-old stand-off on their disputed border, just in time for Sunday’s kick-off of a summit of the BRICS grouping of nations, which also includes Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

It was normal for the two giant neighbours to have differences, Wang told a briefing ahead of the summit in the southeastern city of Xiamen that Modi is to attend.

“What’s important is that we put these problems in the appropriate place, and appropriately handle and control them in the spirit of mutual respect and based on the consensus of both countries’ leaders,” he said.

“There is huge potential for cooperation between China and India,” Wang added, without giving details.

The stand-off in the Himalayan region began when sent troops to stop China building a road in the remote, uninhabited territory of Doklam, claimed by both China and Bhutan.

China has said its forces will continue to patrol in Doklam, known in Chinese as Donglang, and Wang added that he hoped had learned a lesson from the incident.

and China have deep historical and cultural connections, but relations have seesawed since they fought a brief border war in 1962.

Modi refused to join President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road initiative to knit together Asia and beyond, making the lone country to boycott a summit in Beijing in May.

Besides the festering border dispute, which also covers areas at the other end of the frontier close to Pakistan, China and have a series of disagreements.

is deeply suspicious of China’s close relationship with arch rival Pakistan, and of its growing military activities in and around the Indian Ocean, such as its first overseas military base in Djibouti.

In recent months has upset China over the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who lives in and is reviled by Beijing as a separatist. The Dalai Lama says he simply wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.

In April, Beijing bristled at a week-long trip by the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, an eastern Himalayan region administered by New Delhi but claimed by China as “southern Tibet”.

First Published: Thu, August 31 2017. 08:09 IST