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‘India, China must not allow differences to become disputes’

SNS | New Delhi |

In the wake of the standoff between India and China in Doklam near Sikkim, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that India and China must not allow differences to become disputes.

"Today, India-China relations are really multi-faceted. Last month, when leaders of the countries met, they reached consensus on two points," Jaishankar said, adding, "One, at a time of global uncertainty, India-China relations are factor of stability. Two, in their relationship, India and China must not allow differences to become disputes."

"China's dramatic rise has repercussions that are still being evaluated, perhaps by Beijing itself," Jaishankar said while delivering a lecture to mark the 25th anniversary of India-ASEAN relation in Singapore.

Saying that the border differences between the two countries are not new, he said he sees no reason why the two countries can't handle the border issue this time.

"Border differences have been there; it is not the first time," he said, adding, "Having handled such border issues in the past, I see no reason that we will not be able to handle this time."

The Foreign Secretary said that in times of global uncertainty, "India-China relations are a factor of stability".

"It is not only India and China that have stakes in each other, world and especially the ASEAN has vested interest in this matter," he added.