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Doklam is behind us, relations to develop with joint efforts: Chinese envoy

IANS | Kolkata |


The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata Ma Zhanwu on Friday stressed on boosting bilateral ties with India, saying “Doklam is behind us”.

“Doklam is behind us. Enough has been said about Doklam. In the new era, I believe, China-India relations will continue to develop with joint efforts,” Ma said here.

India and China had in August agreed to disengage their troops after a nearly three-month standoff at the Doklam plateau area in the Sikkim sector.

Asked about media report of fresh Chinese troop build-up in Doklam region of Bhutan, Ma reiterated that there would be “new developments” in the relations between India and China in the coming months.

The Indian External Affairs Ministry on Friday dismissed the media report of Chinese build up in the region.

Ma also stressed on enhanced economic and trade cooperation, saying the BCIM (Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar) economic corridor would be developed with joint efforts by the four countries.

Briefing the media on the recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), he said, “New target has been set for diplomatic work. China’s major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics aims to foster a new type of international relations and build a community with a shared future for mankind.”

The diplomat also said the Congress has sent relevant messages including that the country should commit to settling disputes through dialogue and resolve differences through discussion, coordinate responses to traditional and non-traditional threats and oppose terrorism in all forms.

According to him, the Congress also sent the message that China’s development “does not pose a threat to any other country”.

On the Rohingya refugee crisis, he said, “Everyone is paying a lot of attention to the crisis and the Chinese government is also paying attention to this issue.”

He hoped the refugee issue would be settled at the earliest.