Ladakh Standoff: China softens attitude after India's threat of military action on LAC

As an indication of China's changed attitude, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong described the bloody clash at the Galwan Valley as an unfortunate accident and a tragic incident in history.

Ladakh Standoff: China softens attitude after Indias threat of military action on LAC
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New Delhi: A mere couple of days after Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat warned that India may take military action if dialogue fails to resolve the confrontation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, China seems to have softened its attitude.


As an indication of China's changed attitude, Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong described the bloody clash at the Galwan Valley as an unfortunate accident and a tragic incident in history.


The clash, which started on June 15 and continued into the next day, led to the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers and killed more than 100 Chinese troops.


"Not long ago, an unfortunate incident happened in the border areas that neither China nor India would like to see. Now we are working to handle it properly. It is a brief moment from the perspective of history," the Chinese Ambassador said on Wednesday while speaking at a China-India youth webinar.


Opining that ancient civilizations such as India and China have the wisdom and ability to overcome problems in bilateral relations,Sun Weidong said both nations need to act like partners rather than rivals.


"China sees India as a partner instead of a rival, and an opportunity instead of a threat. We hope to put the boundary question at an appropriate place in bilateral relations, properly handle differences through dialogue and consultation, and push bilateral relations back on track at an early date," Sun Weidong said.




Sun Weidong said that India and China should live in peace and avoid conflict.


"No country can be isolated from the rest of the world. We should not only follow self-sufficiency, but also be open to the outside world in line with the trend of globalization. Only in this way can we achieve better growth," he said.


"China has been India's largest trading partner for many years in a row, while India is also China's largest trading partner in South Asia. The Chinese and Indian economies are interlinked. I think China and India's two big economies should attract each other like magnets, not force them apart."


India and China have been at loggerheads over the changes made by the Chinese Army in several areas, including Finger Area, Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Kongrung Nala, from April-May.


Negotiations between the two sides have been going on for the last three months, including five lieutenant general-level talks, but have not yielded any results so far.


The Chinese military has refused to completely withdraw from the Finger Area and appears to be taking time to retreat from there. Although efforts are underway to settle the border dispute, India has rejected the Chinese suggestion of a similar disintegration from the Finger region in eastern Ladakh.



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