India, China should deal with each other with 'strategic maturity': Foreign secy

Singapore/Washington
11 Jul 2017

India and China should approach each other with "strategic maturity", foreign secretary S Jaishankar said today while expressing confidence that the two countries will be able to handle the Sikkim standoff as they have dealt with such border differences in the past.

"It is a long border, as you know no part of the border has been agreed upon on the ground. It is likely that from time to time there are differences," Jaishankar said while responding to questions on the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector after delivering a lecture on 'India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics'. Underlining that this was not the first time that China and India have had border differences, the bureaucrat said: "When such situations arise, I see no reason, when having handled so many situations in the past, we would not be able to handle it."

The foreign secretary, while talking of Sino-India ties during the lecture organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Indian High Commission, said negotiations on the long-standing boundary dispute still continue. "Differences on issues like terrorism, nuclear energy access and connectivity initiatives have also acquired some prominence," he said, reffering to the disagreements with China over Beijing's blocking of efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, denying India entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project which New Delhi is opposed to as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Meanwhile, the US today avoided commenting on the Sikkim standoff between the armies of India and China, saying that it has seen such reports. "We have seen these reports (of India-China border skirmish). We refer you to the Governments of India and China for further information," said a spokesperson of the National Security Council, White House.