China, India find middle road in border confrontation
SINGAPORE: India and China can manage the differences that may arise from time to time over their contested border, India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said yesterday, commenting on recent tension sparked by Chinese road-building.
According to the Chinese interpretation of events, early last month Indian guards crossed into China’s Donglang region and obstructed work on a road on a plateau adjoining the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim.
Troops from both sides confronted each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from Bhutan – a close Indian ally – and gives China access to the so-called Chicken’s Neck, a thin strip of land that connects India to its remote north-eastern regions.
Delivering a lecture in Singapore, Jaishankar said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping reached consensus on two points at a meeting last month on the sidelines of a regional summit in Astana, Kazakhstan. The two neighbours must not allow their differences to become disputes, and should ensure their relations were a factor of stability amid global uncertainty, Jaishankar said.
“It is a long border. No part of the border has been agreed upon. It is likely that from time to time there’ll be differences,” he added. – Reuters