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NATION                                                                February 26, 2021  |        The Indian Eye                          8

                                             tHaW on tHe boRdeR

             does india now have an upper hand in its

                               tense relationship with china?

                 China has said that it supports India’s chairmanship of the BRICS summit this year

        Our Bureau                                                                                                    South Africa. Chinese President
                                                                                                                      Xi Jinping may visit India later
        New Delhi                                                                                                     this year for the summit.

                 elationship with China                                                                                   Asked about Xi’s possible
                 would develop as per                                                                                 attendance at  the summit  and
        RIndia’s wishes, the Indi-                                                                                    whether the border tension
        an Army chief has said. Assert-                                                                               would affect their multilateral
        ing that nobody wants an unset-                                                                               cooperation, Chinese Foreign
        tled border, the Chief of Army                                                                                Ministry spokesman Wang Wen-
        Staff (COAS), General MM                                                                                      bin said BRICS had become an
        Naravane on Wednesday said                                                                                    influential grouping and Beijing
        that the relationship with China                                                                              supported New Delhi’s efforts
        would develop along the path as                                                                               as host, South China Morning
        per India’s wishes.                  Army chief General MM Naravane speaks at Virtual Virmash, in New Delhi  Post (SCMP) reported.
            “Whatever we did as a                                  on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)                              “China attaches great im-
        government, as a nation has                                                                                   portance to the BRICS mech-
        shown that the resolve that we                                                                                anism,” Wang said at a regular
        have in maintaining our inter-                                                                                press conference on Monday.
        est foremost. I think with this                                                                               “The Chinese side supports
        Whole-of-Government            ap-                                                                            the Indian side in hosting the
        proach, our relations with Chi-                                                                               meeting and is willing to work
        na would develop along the                                                                                    with India and other BRICS
        path that we wish to develop,”                                                                                countries in expanding cooper-
        Naravane said during a virtual                                                                                ation on economy, politics and
        conference on the ‘role of the                                                                                people-to-people exchanges,”
        Indian Army in dealing with                                                                                   Wang added.
        contemporary national security          Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping may         Wenbin’s statement comes a
        challenges’. “As two neighbours              come face to face at the BRICS virtual Summit (ANI Photo)        day after India and China “pos-
        who would like to have peace                                                                                  itively  appraised”  the  smooth
        and tranquillity on their borders  then you have violated the spir- military troops have also been  completion of disengagement
        and who would like all the other  it. We can only hope that China  removed to maintain a status of  of frontline troops in the Pan-
        engagements which have been  and People’s Liberation Army  pre-face-off that happened last  gong Lake area and agreed to
        going on in the past should con- (PLA) adhere to these princi- year.                                          continue their communication
        tinue also in the future. Nobody  ples and agreements in toto,               India and China have had a  and push for a mutually accept-
        wants an unsettled border,” he  and that has been our stand  stand-off along the LAC since  able resolution of the remaining
        added.                               from the beginning. If those  April-May last year due to ac- issues along the Line of Actual
            Commenting upon the In- agreements adhere to letter and  tions of the Chinese Army and  Control (LAC) in the Western
        dia-China  disengagement,  the  spirit, then most of the issues  have held several rounds of mil- Sector.
        Army Chief said, “What we  which are pending between the  itary and diplomatic talks.                             The exchange took place
        have achieved so far is very good  countries would get resolved              Meanwhile,      signalling   a during the 10th round of the
        and it is a very good end result.. automatically,” he added.             thaw  after  months  of tensions  China-India Corps Commander
        win-win situation.”                     The disengagement process  due to standoff along the Line  level meeting. The meeting was
            “The agreement signed with  from both the north and south  of Actual Control (LAC), China  held on the Chinese side of the
        any country is premised on the  banks of Pangong Lake was  has said that it supports India’s  Moldo/Chushul border meeting
        fact that it will be observed in  completed by the two nations  chairmanship  of  the  BRICS  point on Saturday.
        letter and spirit. We will trust,  and further disengagement  summit this year.                                   The two sides had a “can-
        but we verify. We have put sys- is underway at other friction                New  Delhi  has  assumed  did and in-depth” exchange of
        tems in place to make sure that  points.                                 chairmanship of the annual  views on other issues along the
        there is no re-occupation of            Both  the armies of India  summit of the BRICS grouping  LAC  in the  Western Sector,
        these heights and it is part of  and China have agreed for dis- of emerging economies - which  according to India-China Joint
        the agreement. If it is violated  engagement in few areas and  also includes Brazil, Russia and  Statement.

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