PM Modi to visit China, Myanmar from 3 to 7 Sep

PM Modi to visit China, Myanmar from 3 to 7 Sep

Indian and Chinese troops had been confronting each other at the Doklam plateau near the borders of India, its ally Bhutan and China in the most serious and prolonged standoff in decades.

On Monday, both India and China made a decision to withdraw troops from the border post diplomatic talks, ending a 75-day long standoff. It's only natural that there are some problems in our interactions. "Of course we hope that whether it is the Prime Minister of India visiting other countries or the Prime Minister of Japan visiting India, those visits always contribute to global cooperation, in particular increase mutual understanding, solidarity and cooperation among Asian countries".

However, in response to a question, Mr. Wang counselled India "to draw lessons from the border incident".

As an Asian, it is a great relief to learn that India and China have resolved their border dispute at Doklam (India, China end months-long military face-off in Himalayas; Aug 29).

During the dispute over Dokalmal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Jinping of China had met on July 7 in Hamburg during the G-20 meeting. China had attempted to illegally traverse on this stretch of land at the India-Bhutan-China trijunction stretch by building a road across what India considers to be Bhutan's territory.

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India has maintained that both sides should withdraw simultaneously for any dialogue on the issue, and asserted that war was not a solution.

The Chinese military also took effective countermeasures to safeguard China's territorial sovereignty and lawful rights, she added. Forget the spin in the Chinese media that had reported the withdrawal was unilateral - and from the Indian side, a top PMO official told me the disengagement was mutual and that the Chinese have removed their road-building equipment as well as troops from Doklam and restored status quo ante. Modi will be attending the BRICS summit for three days from September 3.

A day after the agreement that ended the standoff between their armies, China maintained ambiguity on the construction of a road in Doklam that triggered the face-off. However, the Ministry of External Affairs did not respond immediately to the comments of the Chinese Foreign Minister in New Delhi.

China ranks first in terms of national comprehensive innovation competitiveness in 2016, followed by Russia, South Africa, Brazil and India, according to the BRICS Innovative Competitiveness Report 2017 released by China Science and Technology Exchange Centre in Beijing. "As the two countries deepen their understanding, they must pay ore attention to avoid any misjudgments that may lead to a new crisis", it said.

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