Beijing: Praising India and China's efforts to address the vexed boundary dispute, Chinese media here on Tuesday said Japan and countries involved in the South China Sea dispute should learn from them by improving ties with Beijing while addressing the maritime disputes.
"Territorial disputes are not rare in the world. In Asia, a European Union-type 'pooling sovereignty' is next to impossible. However, the Chinese and the Indian governments have demonstrated, in a convincing way, how countries with territorial disputes can safeguard their sovereignty without resorting to war," an article in the state-run China Daily said today.
The Indian media have one obsession: the Sino-Indian border issue.
From time to time, the Indian media have reported "Chinese troops crossing the border" into Indian territory.
Such allegations have not only been denied by Chinese spokespersons, but in many cases brushed aside by senior Indian officials, it said.
"The reason is simple: The border that led to a war between China and India in 1962 has never been demarcated. What lies instead is the Line of Actual Control, a line not verified in terms of alignment. And without a clear idea of how the alignment really goes, patrol troops could end up entering an area perceived by the other side to be its own 'territory'. And tensions have flared up sometimes?, it said.
"There are two ways of looking at the Sino-Indian border issue. One could easily argue that negotiations at different levels have so far failed to yield expected progress and haven't prevented, for example, quite a few eyeball-to- eyeball standoffs since the 1980s.
"Nevertheless, there has been no conflict since 1962. For over half a century, not a single bullet has been fired across the border," it said ?
China and Japan recently agreed to restart negotiations on a maritime liaison system, which includes steps to avoid incidents between Chinese and Japanese military ships and aircraft.
Similarly, China and ASEAN have agreed to start negotiations on a code of conduct in the South China Sea.
"These are good news, but compared with the China-India confidence building measures, these efforts are still at a very early stage and should be followed through seriously," it said.
The lessons learnt from China-Indian land border can be conducive to settling the maritime dispute between China and Japan and the disputes in the South China Sea, it said.