Two-front conflict not a good idea: Chinese state media to India

Todd Singleton
July 12, 2017

Delivering an address in Singapore on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of India-Asean ties, Jaishankar called upon China to exercise the "strategic maturity" it is reputed to have.

One of the arguments that India has used to justify its troops illegally crossing the delimited Sikkim section of the China-India boundary, which is mutually recognised by the two sides, is that it claims the area where China is constructing a road belongs to Bhutan, with whom it has a friendship treaty.

Jaishankar was speaking at a lecture organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Indian High Commission.

"It is a long border, as you know no part of the border has been agreed upon on the ground".

"When such situations arise, I see no reason, when having handled so many situations in the past, we would not be able to handle it", he said.

"India has to bend backward not to assert Bhutan's dependence, and not treat it as a satellite of India", he said.

India also didn't describe the interaction and said that a range of issues were discussed by the two leaders. "Both border issues and the Tibet question concern China's core interests and China won't yield to provocations", it said.

He added that the issue in Southeast Asia over its maritime dispute with China was not comparable.

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When an audience raised the matter of "China" talking of Sikkim independence, Jaishankar noted, "Whatever was said on Sikkim was said by a particular newspaper. journal as per my recollection". "You need to take it. you need to understand where that particular observation was made and take it as serious as it deserves to be taken".

The Foreign Secretary reminded that the complexity inherent in the simultaneous rise of two major powers, that too in close proximity of each other, has sparked off a big debate about the opportunities and risks that arise from such developments. "Prime Minister Modi and other leaders of the BRICS countries also attended that event", he added.

But India must be careful not to seem bossy, and end up souring up its relationship with Bhutan as was done in the case of Nepal, Mohan said.

India and China share a 3,488-km boundary stretching from Jammu and Kashmir in the north to Arunachal Pradesh.

In the midst of the standoff, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping warmly greeted each other Friday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg.

The earlier two confrontations took place in mid-May and the first week of June in Ladakh.

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