Sun also described the neighbours as opportunities for each other and said the countries need to see each other’s development in the correct way to enhance “strategic mutual trust”. The remarks came on a day the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing echoed Sun’s tenor, describing the border situation as overall stable and controllable, adding that India and China were capable of resolving the issue through dialogue.
Though there is no breakthrough as yet at the sites of confrontation in east Ladakh where Chinese troops have intruded into areas India considers its side of the the line of actual control, commanders on both sides remain in touch. On Tuesday, India had clearly signaled it will not step back from forward positions facing Chinese troops until they withdraw to the usual lines of patrol along the LAC.
“We should correctly view our differences and never let the differences shadow the overall situation of bilateral cooperation. At the same time, we should gradually seek understanding through communication and constantly resolve differences,” said Sun, adding China and India should be good neighbors of “harmonious coexistence” and good partners to move forward hand in hand. The formulation seems in keeping with efforts to ensure the heightened tensions do not lead to a serious escalation.
Sun said India and China should adhere to the “basic judgment” that they were each other’s opportunities and posed no threat to one another. “The realization of the dragon and elephant dancing together was the only right choice for China and India, which serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and two peoples. As the two major emerging economies, China and India should strengthen practical cooperation in investment, production capacity and other fields, and expand the cake of common interests,” he added, in his webinar with a youth delegation and a few journalists.
The ambassador was responding to a query about what could be done to improve India-China ties. On Tuesday government sources had expanded on India’s position saying India was going to deploy “appropriate resources” to defend its interests at the border even while working for a peaceful resolution of the dispute.
India has also accused Chinese forces of crossing LAC “from time to time” and obstructing Indian border patrols.
In Beijing Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry said India and China had been following the important consensus reached by top leaders President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and were strictly observing the agreements. The spokesperson added that the two sides are capable of resolving issues properly through dialogue and consultation.
Sun here also urged the youth to call on all parties to make concrete efforts to implement the consensus reached by Modi and Xi and to enhance mutual learning, understanding and trust. The ambassador also said China will continue to provide Covid-related assistance to India within its capacity.
“China has timely shared its experiences in epidemic prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment with the Indian side in different ways including holding video conferences for experts. China will continue to support India within its capacity and strengthen our medical and health cooperation,” he said.
As neighbors, friends and partners, China and India, he said, should join hands, strengthen cooperation and fight against the epidemic together.
The ambassador claimed China had provided timely information to the world in an open, transparent and responsible manner. “We did not cover up anything, and did not delay any efforts. Identifying the source of the virus is a serious and complex issue of science, which should be studied and explored by scientists and medical experts,” he said.