Widespread efforts should for good ties, says Beijing

Beijing, December 10

Underlining that common efforts were needed to maintain good relations between China and India, a senior Chinese official on Thursday said Beijing was committed to resolving the border standoff through dialogue, but was also determined to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said this while reacting to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s remarks that China had given India “five differing explanations” for deploying large forces at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the violation of bilateral pacts had “very significantly damaged” their relationship.

“China and India are neighbours and the world’s two biggest emerging markets and keeping good relations serves the fundamental interests of both countries and its people but it requires common efforts from both sides,” Hua said at a foreign ministry briefing here. — PTI

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