Chinese Ambassador to India, H.E. Sun Weidong, has said that India and China should be partner, not rivals. Weidong’s statement came amid ongoing tension between both the nations, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.
He released a video message talking about the recent stand-off between the two countries in Galwan region in eastern Ladakh. The Ambassador said that the June 15 violent clash in Galwan Valley, which caused casualties on both sides, was not seen as coming by either China, or India. He also said that Chinese frontline troops were disengaging from the ground in accordance with the consensus reached.
On July 5, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had talked over the phone and reached a positive consensus on easing the border tension. The Ambassador added that some quarters in India have raised doubts about the consensus reached by the leaders and have a wrong perception about China-India ties. He pointed out that India and China should be partners rather than rivals, and both the countries have a history of friendly exchanges of more than 2,000 years. He also said that during the Wuhan Informal Summit in 2018, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stressed that the two countries provide each other with development opportunities instead of posing threats, which the two sides should adhere to.
He said, “This is the fundamental judgment on China-India relations charting the course for the development of our bilateral relations”.