“India- China will solve border issues this time too”- S Jaishankar
Guwahati/ 11th July’2017 (Prag News Desk): Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar assured that India and China have handled border issues in the past and there is no reason the two countries will not be able to handle them this time too.
Mr. Jaishankar said, “It is a long border, as you know no part of the border has been agreed upon on the ground. It is likely that from time to time there are differences.”
Incidentally, there is standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector.
Answering the questions on the same at a lecture on ‘India-ASEAN and the Changing Geopolitics”, Mr. Jaishankar said, “It is not the first time India and China are on a border riff, when such situations arise, I see no reason, when having handled so many situations in the past, we would not be able to handle it.”
China and India have been engaged in a standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan tri-junction for over three weeks after a Chinese Army’s construction party attempted to build a road. Doka La is the Indian name for the region which Bhutan recognises as Dokalam, while China claims it as part of its Donglang region.
Of the 3,488-km-long India-China border from Jammu and Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh, a 220-km section falls in Sikkim.