Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 29
Beijing said today that it approved of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s suggestion of “three mutuals” and “eight propositions” as the foundation for resurrecting Indo-Chinese ties. But, it did not want the border issue to be linked with bilateral relations.
‘Hope we properly manage differences’
Jaishankar stressed the importance of India-China relations. It shows that the Indian side attaches importance to ties with China. We hope the Indian side will work with us to manage differences – Zhao Lijian, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Jaishankar’s stress on the significance of China-India relations “showcases the importance the Indian side attaches to its ties with China,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said today.
“This is also an important lesson learnt through the two countries’ efforts over the past decades to keep our ties moving forward. We hope the Indian side will work with us to properly manage differences, promote practical cooperation, and get the bilateral relations back on the right track,” he added.
The question was put by China Radio International, a state-owned media outlet.
The reply indicates a gulf in the approaches of the two sides. Most of Jaishankar’s eight propositions revolved around the border issue. India has accused China of violating several boundary agreements which maintained peace and tranquillity along the undefined Line of Actual Control for 27 years. China says India has linked the situation on the border with economic measures and banning investments.