In a very positive statement, Beijing said that both India and China have great potential for cooperation. This statement has just days before Modi’s visit to China for the BRICS Summit. The situation has been crossing high temperatures in the last couple of months due to the Doklam issue which lasted for more than 70 days. The Doklam issue ended with both nations deciding to withdraw forces in mutual consent. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday said that the 73-day stand-off between India and China in Dokalam has ended after India withdrew its troops and asked New Delhi to “learn lessons” and prevent such incidents in future. However in New Delhi, the External Affairs Ministry did not immediately comment on the Chinese foreign minister’s remarks.
The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today that Asian giants China and India have great potential for cooperation. In a news briefing, Wang also said that it was normal for the two giant neighbours to have differences. He also said that “What’s important is that we put these problems in the appropriate place, and appropriately handle and control them in the spirit of mutual respect and based on the consensus of both countries “leaders”.
Doklam Stand-off Build-up:
The Doklam stand-off started when India decided to send its troops to stop China building a road in the remote, uninhabited territory of Doklam, claimed by both China and Bhutan. India’s reason to do this was its mutual agreement with Bhutan to protect each other’s land. China has now said that it’s troops will continue to patrol in Doklam.
India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi refused to join The Chines President, Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road initiative in the month of May and was the only to boycott the summit in Beijing.