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`China-India border problem could be temporarily put aside`

Last Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 18:08

Beijing: With the leadership here emphasising that China and India will never be at war again, a Chinese scholar on Thursday suggested that if the vexed boundary dispute cannot be solved, the two countries could temporarily put the issue aside for "mutual benefit".

"In the 21st century themed around `peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit`, the leadership of China repeatedly emphasised that China and India will never be at war again. If the border problem cannot be solved, it could be temporarily put aside," Liu Zongyi said in an opinion piece in the state-run Global Times.

In the opinion piece titled `India still conserves frontier mentality over 1962 border war with China`, Liu also asked both the neighbours to view the border issue "objectively".

Liu, a research fellow with the Centre for South Asia Studies at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, said, "In disputes and conflicts between two countries, we shouldn`t purely place the blame on one side. Even if one side does bear the main responsibility, we should make an overall reflection."

He claimed that "divergences on the McMahon Line between China and India were the fundamental reason for the border war".

Liu also alleged that India supported the Dalai Lama`s uprising in Tibet.
"After India provided shelter for the Dalai Lama in exile in 1959, China had to handle the boundary issue with India from a strategic perspective. But the Chinese government has always been in favour of solving the issue through negotiations."

China was "forced into a counter-attack in the 1962 war...," Liu claimed, adding Beijing`s passive counterattack was aimed at "ending the harassments from Indian troops and bilateral confrontation".

Last week, Beijing`s chief negotiator in boundary talks with India, Dai Bingguo had said India and China have been friends for 99.9 per cent of the time in over 2,000 years of exchanges between them and underlined that the two sides should "cast off" the shadow of the 1962 war and build a bright future together.

China is fully committed to pursuing peaceful development and developing friendly and cooperative relations with India, Dai had said.

India and China already have held 15 rounds of border negotiations at the level of Special Representatives. India asserts that the dispute covered about 4000-km, while China claims that it is confined to about 2000-km to the area of Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers as Southern Tibet.


First Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 18:08
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