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Border disturbances can vitiate ties, India cautions China

Border disturbances can vitiate ties, India cautions China

Beijing: As Chinese army incursions continue to recur, India has cautioned China that any disturbance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas can vitiate the overall atmosphere of bilateral ties.

Speaking at a seminar on China-India ties here, Indian ambassador to China S Jaishankar stressed that any disturbance at the border will have an adverse impact on the public perception which is vital for improvement of bilateral ties.

In his speech titled, "Old Ties-News Model?", he said," Wednesday, constraints on conflict and confrontation are indisputable. It has put the focus on maintaining peace and tranquillity on the disputed border between India and China".

The closed door seminar was organized by the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and China Foreign Affairs University Conference, in which strategic analysts from both sides took part.

It was held on August 19 but his speech copies were circulated to the media here on Wednesday.

Jaishankar reminded the audience of the comments made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and defence minister AK Antony that emphasised on the importance of peace at the borders.

Jaishankar, who negotiated hard with the Chinese for the withdrawal of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops from Daulat Beig Oldi near Ladakh in April this year, said "this bears reiteration as there is concern that if stability or peace and tranquillity are disturbed, it can vitiate the overall atmosphere of our ties".

"We should never underestimate the importance of public perceptions in the shaping of international relations. A corollary is that both nations need to devote even more attention and energy to strengthening those aspects", he said.

Jaishankar also said that it was important for China to address India's concerns regarding Beijing's plans to construct new dams on the Brahmaputra and other rivers that flow into India from the country.

"New thinking requires that we go beyond narrow legalistic approaches. It is natural that as neighbours, India and China will be confronted with situations that call for a larger political vision", the Indian envoy said.

"A good example is the question of trans-border rivers, for some of which China provides hydrological data during flood season. There are worries in India about the possible impact of Chinese development projects on downstream areas. Both common development and mutual respect should warrant a more reassuring Chinese position", he said.

Army headquarters said the Chinese troops have gone back and such incidents keep taking place as both sides enter areas claimed by the other side while patrolling the disputed line of actual control (LAC).

In April, Chinese troops had entered 19km deep inside the Indian Territory and pitched their tents in Depsang plains in Ladakh. They returned after a three-week stand-off and several rounds of hectic parleys between the top officials of the two countries.

In the last eight months, Army sources said there have been over 150 incursions by the Chinese side and that Indian troops also enter areas claimed by them during patrolling.

India had sent a strong message to China by landing the C-130J Super Hercules transport plane at the Daulat beg Oldie airstrip, about eight km from the LAC.

"It is not a repeat of 1962," said Ninong Ering, minister of state for minority affairs and MP from Arunachal (East). "A peaceful situation is prevailing there and we want that this should continue," he said.

Former BJP MP from Arunachal Tapir Gao claimed that around 200 Chinese troops had entered Chaglagam area.


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