China says can’t afford another Doklam, bats for joint summit with India and Pakistan

In a significant development, Chinese Ambassador to India, Luo Zhaohui, on Monday proposed a trilateral summit between three neighbouring countries of India, Pakistan and China, following in the footsteps of China, Russia and Mongolia.

“This is a proposal suggested by some Indian friends and it is a very a good and constructive idea. Maybe not now, but in the future, that is a great idea.”

  • Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a 73-day stand-off at the Doklam.
  • China & India are neighbors that cannot be moved away.
  • Chinese envoy said,”China-India relations have gone beyond bilateral scope.

“We need to control, manage, narrow differences through expanding cooperation. The boundary question was left over by history. We need to find a mutually acceptable solution through Special Representatives’ Meeting while adopting confidence-building measures,” he said. “We cannot stand another Doklam” the envoy added.

The Chinese envoy asserted that India and China reel under pressure of being the “emerging market economies” and should coordinate and “explore ways to be by each others’ side,” ANI reported.

Zhaohui also tweeted that China and India have gone “beyond bilateral scope” and that both countries have broad converging interests, including facing similar challenges within and beyond Asia.

He also emphasised the need to enhance coordination and cooperation in the SCO, BRICS and G20 and join hands to tackle “global challenges”.

Indian and Chinese troops were involved in a 73-day stand-off at the Doklam tri-junction of India, Bhutan and China between June to August last year.

One of the immediate fallouts of the Doklam stand-off was the suspension of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra from Nathu-La side and the annual military exercise between the two countries. China also did not give the hydrological data of the Brahmaputra and the Indus river that originates in Chinese Tibet.

Post-Doklam, there have been frequent high-level engagements between the leaders of the two countries.

This year alone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met twice in the last two months in Wuhan and Qingdao.

He noted that security cooperation is one of the three pillars of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, an eight-member grouping also comprising India, China and Pakistan.

The envoy’s comments emphasised that the status-quo exists in the backdrop of an era of “rising protectionism and anti-globalisation.

Of Sino-Indian ties, the Chinese envoy said it is quite natural to have differences but they need to be controlled and managed through cooperation, PTI reported.