Xi, Modi agree to look beyond Doka La

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Sep 2017 08:53:19


By Gaurav Sharma,

XIAMEN (China),

Doka La-like incidents must not recur, agree both leaders

INDIA and China on Tuesday signalled they were ready to move on from their Doka La border row, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreeing to avoid similar incidents in future.

After the over two-month long stand-off between their armies, Modi and Xi had their first ‘healthy’ and ‘fruitful’ bilateral meeting after the conclusion of the 9th BRICS Summit where they agreed that peace on the border was must for further development of bilateral ties.

“Met President Xi Jinping. We held fruitful talks on bilateral relations between India and China,” Modi tweeted later after the over hour-long meeting with Xi.
The Indian leader thanked the Chinese Government and the people for their ‘warm hospitality’ during the three-day BRICS Summit and then left for Myanmar. On his part, Xi said, “healthy and stable relations” between China and India were in line with the fundamental interests of their people.

“China is willing to work with India on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence to improve political
mutual trust, promote mutually beneficial cooperation and push Sino-Indian ties along a right track,” he told Modi.
In his opening remarks, Modi congratulated Xi for the ‘very successful’ execution of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit.

Xi also told Modi that “healthy and stable bilateral ties (were) in line with fundamental interests of the two nations”. Indian External Affairs Ministry Secretary S Jaishankar described the Xi-Modi meet as ‘forward-looking’ and ‘constructive’. “Overall, the readout I will give you is really sort of forward-looking, constructive,” he told the media here.

“I think one of the important points which was made in the meeting was that peace and tranquility in the border areas was a prerequisite for further development of the bilateral relationship.” Jaishankar said both the leaders agreed that “more efforts should be made to really enhance and strengthen the mutual level of trust between the two sides. “It is natural that between large powers there would be areas of difference and it should be handled with mutual respect.

The stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops began in June at Doka La, an area disputed by Bhutan and China. India said the Chinese decision to build a road in the area impacted New Delhi’s strategic interests.

India has made clear it won’t get cowed down: Bhagwat on Doka La: INDIA has made clear that it will not be cowed down on security and defence matters, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Tuesday as he credited the Modi government for enhancing the country’s global standing. Bhagwat’s comments come in the backdrop of India and China mutually resolving the recent Doka La stand-off.

“It has been demonstrated clearly that the nation is no longer ready to be cowed down in matters relating to defence and security,” the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh Chief said. The RSS ‘Sarsanghchalak’ was addressing an event organised in the memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri at a college named after the late Prime Minister in Manda, about 65 kms from here.

Bhagwat also lauded the Modi Government’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative and “India’s higher international standing”. The policies of our Government have led to India’s higher international standing, he said. People all over the world have started looking up to us, he added.