Sino-India ties a factor of stability: India

27 Jul 2018

Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that relations between India and China were a factor of stability and that the two countries must not allow their differences to become disputes.
In the last few months, the Asian giants have been making efforts to expand cooperation in a range of areas and boost overall ties which had come under severe strain in the wake of a 73-day-long standoff between militaries of the two countries in Doklam last year.
"In our multifaceted engagement with China, in areas where we have commonality of views, engagement has expanded and upgraded in recent years," Singh said in a written reply to a question. "Issues where there are differences are being handled through dialogue to seek a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable solution based on mutual respect and sensitivity to each other's interests, concerns and aspirations."
Both the countries are engaged in talks to resolve the vexed border dispute.
India asserts that the border dispute covered about 4,000 km, while China claims that it confined to about 2,000 km to the area of Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers as Southern Tibet.
On ties with Bhutan, Singh said the cooperation includes a wide range of areas including border management and security, trade, education and generation of hydropower. PTI