Tuesday 13 November 2018, 03:35 AM
China downplays Indian Army Chief's war remarks
By Gaurav Sharma | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 9/7/2017 4:04:52 PM
China downplays Indian Army Chief's war remarks

Beijing: China on Thursday played down the Indian Army Chief's war remarks and wondered whether his comments represented the view of the Indian government.Reacting to Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's remarks that India should be prepared for a two-front war, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: "We don't know if he was authorised to speak those words or if it was his spontaneous words and whether his remarks represented the position of the Indian government."

Rawat's comments on Wednesday came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a forward-looking meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit where they agreed to maintain peace and tranquility on the border.

"As far as our northern adversary is concerned, flexing of muscles has started. Salami slicing, taking over territory in a very gradual manner, testing our limits of the threshold is something we have to be wary of and remain prepared for such situations, which could gradually emerge into conflict," Rawat had said in New Delhi, referring to China. Geng recalled the one-on-one cordial meet between Modi and Xi to express surprise over Rawat's remarks. He said a section of Indian media found Rawat's statement "shocking".

"Just like two days ago President Xi Jinping pointed out to Prime Minister Modi the two countries are each other's development opportunities and not threat to each other," Geng added. The meeting between the leaders on the sidelines of the BRICS summit was hailed as a positive development after the resolution of an over two-month military stand-off at Doklam, on the Sino-India border.

Geng said that Modi too had shown willingness to work with China to maintain steady development of bilateral ties. "We should not treat each other as rivals. "So we hope that this military official could see clearly these trends and contribute to the development of India-China relations and say something more in that regard," Geng added.

 

Doklam dispute hurt India-China ties: Chinese FM

 

Beijing: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday that the Doklam dispute had "affected and undermined" India-China ties but the consensus reached between their leaders on the sidelines of the BRICS summit was key to improving bilateral ties.

He recalled the "positive meeting" between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of BRICS summit in Xiamen this week."For past few months for clear reasons, China-India relations were affected and undermined," Wang said in an obvious reference to the stand-off between the armies of the two nations at Doklam.

"Going forward, the two sides need to work together to follow up on the consensus reached by the two leaders and make sure bilateral relations will stay on track," he said, stressing that bilateral ties should not be derailed and there should be no confrontation.He said harmonious relations and win-win cooperation was "the natural choice right choice" for both countries. 

The first top Chinese figure to speak on the issue after the resolution of the over two-month military stand-off between India and China in the Sikkim sector, Wang said: "We need to build strategic mutual trust and the two sides need to work to really look at each other as cooperative partners rather than be driven by an old-fashioned mindset and regard each other as rivals or threats."

"Both sides need to remain committed to the five principles of peaceful coexistence and work together to properly handle disputes and also work together to maintain tranquility in border areas."

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