China values India ties but firm on ‘sovereign rights’

Written by February 3, 2018 19:23

Beijing: China always values the good neighbourliness and friendship with India, but it is also firm on upholding its “sovereign rights”, interests and territorial integrity, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.

Beijing handled the Doklam standoff with “restraint”, showing the “emphasis” it places on ties with New Delhi, he said.

Touching on China’s relations with major countries and its diplomatic initiatives last year, Yi, in a lengthy article in the Chinese International Studies journal, dwelt about Sino-India ties, stating that Beijing’s diplomatic engagement with New Delhi resulted in India withdrawing its troops and equipment from Doklam.

The journal is published by China Institute of International Studies, a think-tank attached to the Chinese foreign ministry.

Yi said China always values the good neighbourliness and friendship with India as “we are each other’s big neighbours and ancient civilisations”.

In the meantime, China is also firm in upholding its sovereign rights and interests and territorial integrity, he said.

“We handled the Indian border troops trespass into China’s Dong Long (Doklam) area in our national interest, on just grounds and with restraint. Through diplomatic means, we engaged with the Indian side and it withdrew its equipment and personnel.”