Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Tells External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj: Doklam Standoff Put Severe Pressure on Ties
New Delhi, Dec 13: China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting on Tuesday that the Doklam standoff had put severe pressure on relations between India and China. Wang Yi was in the national capital for the Russia-India-China (RIC) meeting of foreign ministers. Wang maintained that Indian troops illegally trespassed into the Chinese territory.
Wang said that the standoff had ended peacefully through diplomatic efforts nearly two months later; however, lessons must be learned and efforts should be made to avoid such incidents in the future. “The standoff put the bilateral relations under severe pressure,” he said.
Wang said the relations between the two countries were at a crucial point and the two countries must make efforts to cultivate mutual trust. Both India and China agreed that the countries must respect each other’s development as opportunities. The sides said China and India were partners, not rivals.
Wang’s visit was the first from a high-ranking official after Indian and Chinese soldiers locked horns in Doklam plateau for 73 days. The standoff ended on August 28 when both the sides mutually agreed to withdraw troops. China stopped construction activities. Recent reports suggested that China has maintained decent troop build-up in the area, which is claimed by China and Bhutan as theirs.