Mumbai: China has urged India to “stop all provocative acts to ensure that such incidents do not occur months after the clashes at the Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh between the two sides left 20 Indian soldiers dead, and said the two sides need to build trust rather than suspicion.
Sun Weidong, the Chinese Ambassador to India, said on Friday, “We urge the Indian side to conduct a full investigation, hold the violators accountable, strictly discipline the border troops and immediately stop all provocative acts to prevent such incidents from happening again.”
He said that any relationship has its ups and downs and that Sino-India relations should “move forward instead of backward”
“In any relationship, there are ups and downs. The recent border issue and the unfortunate incident between China and India should not detract from the visionary view of the bilateral partnership chartered by our two leaders, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.
He said the two countries needed “peace rather than confrontation”.
“China and India need peace rather than confrontation. We must take a long-distance view and not let our differences become a dispute. China and India need to find a just and reasonable solution to the boundary question which is mutual. The agreement is acceptable. We should renew our pledge to work together to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas,” he said.
The two countries have been engaged in a standoff in the Eastern Ladakh sector for the past few weeks.