Maintaining good relations is in the interests of India, China: Minister

China and India are neighbors and maintaining good relations is in the interests of both countries, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said on Sunday, stressing that the two countries are working together for peace along the line of de facto control (LAC).

While discussing the Shangri-La dialogue here, Wei also called for peaceful means of resolving territorial disputes, including those in the South China Sea.

China and India are neighbors and maintaining good relations is in the interests of both countries. And we are working on that, he stressed.

Asked about the conflict on the line of de facto control (LAC) with India, Wei said: “We have had 15 rounds of commander-level talks with the Indians and we are working together for peace in this area.”

Wei answered the question of dr. Tanvia Madana, director of the India project at the Brookings Institution, the American Brain Center.

Madan asked the minister to explain why the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) two years ago unilaterally decided to change the status quo at several points in the LAC with India, the reasons that led to the military conflict, the first in 45 years between the two countries. and steps that ran counter to agreements carefully negotiated between Beijing and Delhi over 25 years.

Indian and Chinese troops have been closed in a tense border confrontation in eastern Ladakh since May 5, 2020, when a violent clash broke out in the Pangong Lake area.

China is also building bridges and building other infrastructure such as roads and housing units in border areas with India.

India and China have so far held 15 rounds of military talks to resolve the conflict in Ladakh.

As a result of the talks, the parties completed the separation process last year on the northern and southern shores of Lake Pangong and in the Gogra area.

However, each side currently has about 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the LAC in a sensitive sector.

India has consistently argued that peace and quiet along the LAC are key to the overall development of bilateral ties.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been redesigned by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated source.)

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