Bilateral Difference Should Not Become Disputes: EAM S.Jaishankar

Mumbai: After China opposed India, for Ladakh being made union territory India said on Monday that the future of its relationship with China would depend on mutual sensitivity to each other’s core concerns” and that managing differences properly became a factor of stability in an uncertain world for bilateral relations.

“The future of the India-China relationship will obviously depend on mutual sensitivity to each other’s core concerns. It is natural, both as neighbors and large developing economies that there would be issues in our ties. Properly managing differences is therefore vital. As our leaders agreed in Astana, differences should not become disputes. That is how India-China relations can remain a factor of stability in an uncertain world,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.

Jaishankar was speaking at 4th India-China Media Forum, where he also stated that the leaders of the two countries had agreed that the “differences should not become disputes.”

This comes after China objected to Ladakh being made a Union Territory and asked India and Pakistan to avoid actions that “unilaterally change the status quo” and exacerbate tensions.

Referring to the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Chinese President in Wuhan in April last year, he said it was “a historic meeting” that has provided positive direction to bilateral relations.

“There is a mutual agreement that as two of the largest and fastest-growing developing countries, representing almost one-third of the global population, stable and balanced development of our relations will not only be beneficial for our two peoples but also a factor of stability in this uncertain global environment. Our two countries have similar goals in terms of providing better opportunities for our people,” he said.

Jaishankar said the two sides discussed the full gamut of issues including international situation, regional aspects, and the bilateral relations.

(With ANI Inputs)

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