Beijing, Oct 7: China on Saturday reiterated its commitment towards strengthening the bilateral ties with India, stating that stable relationship between the two nations would serve mutual interests.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry described New Delhi and Beijing as the most promising economies in the region, adding that the bilateral issues should not hurt the economic prospects of people on both the sides.
“A healthy and stable China-India relationship serves the fundamental interests of the two peoples and is also the common expectation of the region and the international community,” it said.
While the Ministry appealed for further deepening of Sino-Indian ties, it also expressed its dissent over the recent remarks of AIr Marshal Chief B S Dhanoa.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, while addressing the media on Thursday, said the IAF is equipped and capable of facing a two-front war. His statements referred to the challenge posed by China on the north and north-eastern front, along with Pakistan on the western boundary of the nation.
China appealed for restraint, saying that sabre-rattling from either sides could hurt the growing bilateral bonhomie between the two nations.
“We hope that relevant people of the Indian military will see the historical trend and say more conducive to the development of China-India relations,” the foreign ministry added.
The Sino-Indian ties faced a major setback earlier in the year, when the troops of both the nations were involved in an 73-day standoff near the Doklam plateau. The issue was resolved using diplomatic channels, with the forces being gradually withdrawn from the tri-junction region.
Nearly a month after the disengagement at Doklam, reports said the Chinese road patrolling team has returned to the disputed region. The Chinese Foreign Ministry, on being asked about its troops patrolling in the conflicted area, said, “There is no ambiguity over the fact that Doklam is part of China. Our forces are not trespassing into the territories of our neighbour, but only patrolling the region which is under our jurisdiction.”
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), while conceding the presence of Chinese troops in Doklam, said they are not present near the face-off site. “The military is constantly monitoring their presence. They are not near the face-off site or its vicinity,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said.