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Peace, tranquility along Indo-China border must for bilateral ties: India

August 02, 2017 10:06 PM

New Delhi, August 2: India on Wednesday reiterated that peace and tranquility along Indo-China border is an important pre-requisite for smooth development of bilateral relations between the New Delhi and Beijing.

"There is no dispute in this regard. Since the 1980s, China and Bhutan, as two independent sovereign states, have been engaged in negotiations and consultations to resolve their boundary issue," the foreign ministry said, adding that so far both sides have had 24 rounds of talks and reached a broad consensus.

 

In response to a question on Chinese MFA's document released on today on the Doklam issue, India's Ministry of External Affairs' official spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, "India's position on this issue and related facts have been articulated in our Press Statement of June 30, 2017. India considers that peace and tranquility in the India-China border areas is an important pre-requisite for smooth development of our bilateral relations with China."

Earlier, China emphatically rejected India's interference in its ongoing boundary dispute with Bhutan in the Doklam area and again urged New Delhi to withdraw unconditionally and end the nearly two-month long stand-off.

"The China-Bhutan boundary issue is one between China and Bhutan. It has nothing to do with India. As a third party, India has no right to interfere in or impede the boundary talks between China and Bhutan, still less the right to make territorial claims on Bhutan's behalf," the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

China alleged that India's intrusion into its territory under the pretext of defending Bhutan's territorial claims, has not only violated Beijing's territorial sovereignty, but also challenged Bhutan's sovereignty and independence.

Emphasizing that China and Bhutan are friendly neighbours, the foreign ministry said in its statement that Beijing has all along respected Bhutan's sovereignty and independence. It added that the border area between China and Bhutan has always enjoyed peace and tranquility due to the joint efforts of both sides.

Asserting that it will continue to work with Bhutan to resolve the boundary issue between the two countries through negotiations and consultations in the absence of external interference, China said the Dong Lang (Doklam) area has all along been under its continuous and effective jurisdiction.

"There is no dispute in this regard. Since the 1980s, China and Bhutan, as two independent sovereign states, have been engaged in negotiations and consultations to resolve their boundary issue," the foreign ministry said, adding that so far both sides have had 24 rounds of talks and reached a broad consensus.

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