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China under Xi's 2nd term to deal with instances like Dokalam

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

under the second term of President Xi Jinping would deal with issues like the Dokalam standoff with and the disputed South Sea "squarely" and face them "head-on" to protect its legitimate interests, a Chinese expert said today.

"In the past, we thought we would shelve differences. Now, we will face disputes squarely," said Yuan Peng, Vice President of Institutes of Contemporary International Relation, during his interaction with journalists here on the outcome of the recent once-in-a-five-year of the ruling of (CPC).


The has endorsed a second five-year term for Xi as party's head and enshrined his ideological thought into the party Constitution.

Yuan said under Xi might deal with issues like Dokalam head-on.

The 72-day-long standoff at Dokalam which began over Chinese military's plan to build a key road close to the Indian border in an area claimed by Bhutan ended on August 28 after it stopped the road building. Both sides pulled back their troops.

"So we now face these problems head on, and safeguard our legitimate interests," he said, adding that Beijing might do this in an "incremental way".

He also said "Indo-Pacific" being propounded by the US and the quadrilateral mechanism involving India, the US, Australia and Japan projecting in a big way may become "a kind of trap".

He said it is not "wise" for as it now enjoys balanced relations with the US and

The US wants to increase the strategic status of as it is a large country and also wants to get close to Washington. But smart Indian politicians" will not overlook ties with China, he said, adding that is "quite cautious" in view of this.

He said that there is an unhealthy mentality in the Western world to try and make use of in order to 'contain' China's rise.

Terming as the most promising country, he said the people of should be cautious in handling relations with

Meanwhile, an editorial in the state-run Global Times said the mainstream media in was obsessed with competing with on GDP growth and international status.

Now they are keen to compare their country to Australia or Japan to see which can curry more favour from the US, it said.

After the US began using the term "Indo-Pacific," some Indian media outlets were ecstatic that their country had become an important pillar of this new US strategy", it added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 20:02 IST
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