FM says stand­off with In­dia eas­ily fixed

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said it is easy to solve the stand­off along the China-In­dia bor­der — In­dian troops should with­draw from Dok­lam.

In a For­eign Min­istry state­ment, Wang told re­porters in Bangkok on Mon­day that it is very clear who is right and who is wrong in the stand­off in Dok­lam, and that even se­nior In­dian of­fi­cials have pub­licly said that Chi­nese troops have not in­truded into In­dian ter­ri­tory.

“In other words, In­dia ad­mit­ted that it has en­tered Chi­nese ter­ri­tory. The so­lu­tion to this is­sue is sim­ple, which is that they be­have them­selves and with­draw,” Wang said.

Wang is by far the most se­nior Chi­nese of­fi­cial to have com­mented on the In­dian troops’ in­cur­sion.

In June, In­dian troops crossed the Sikkim sec­tion of the China-In­dian bound­ary into Dok­lam, Chi­nese ter­ri­tory, to block China’s road con­struc­tion there.

On June 28, Hin­dus­tan Times quoted In­dian Chief of Army Staff Gen­eral Bipin Rawat as say­ing there was no in­cur­sion into In­dian ter­ri­tory, com­ment­ing on re­ports of the stand­off in Dok­lam.

In an opin­ion piece pub­lished by The In­dian Ex­press, Ruan Zongze, ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said bor­der is­sues with China are an ex­am­ple of how In­dia’s for­eign pol­icy “is con­stricted by its mis­per­cep­tions of China-In­dia ri­valry”.

Ruan cited the Con­ven­tion Be­tween Great Bri­tain and China Re­lat­ing to Sikkim and Ti­bet in 1890, which de­fined the Sikkim sec­tion of the China-In­dia bound­ary.

“This bound­ary con­ven­tion was up­held by suc­ces­sive In­dian govern­ments. China’s road­work in its own ter­ri­tory is le­git­i­mate. In­dia should re­spect the bor­der agree­ment,” Ruan said.

“The world is large enough to ac­com­mo­date both China and In­dia,” Ruan said, adding that it is im­per­a­tive to build trust be­tween Bei­jing and New Delhi, and that both coun­tries will lose when they don’t work to­gether.

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