China’s ambassador to India has warned that the strained ties between the two nations would not be able to sustain a sequel to last summer’s border conflict, which threathned to bring the to Asian powers to blows
Luo Zhaohui, the Chinese envoy, made the remarks Monday as part of an appeal to better relations between the countries, which have cautiously improved since a two-month standoff erupted between Chinese and Indian forces posted at a region known to the former as Donglang and to the latter as Doklam and claimed by both China and Bhutan, an ally of India. Chinese construction near the border rattled India, whose soldiers were mobilized and at one point brawled with their Chinese counterparts.
No shots were fired, however, and Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have attempted to keep the peace after ultimately withdrawing their forces in August. Luo said “a mutually acceptable solution” would have to be found to ensure such a boundary dispute did not repeat itself, according to The Economic Times.
“We need to control, manage, narrow differences through expanding cooperation. The boundary question was left over by history. We need to find a mutual acceptable solution through Special Representatives’ Meeting while adopting confidence-building measures,” he added. “We cannot stand another Doklam.”