Stay neutral in Sino-US rivalry to resolve border issue: Swamy

India should remain neutral in the China-US rivalry in order to develop a political understanding with Beijing to resolve contentious issues like the border dispute, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said on Sunday.

PTI| Last Updated: Jun 22, 2014, 18:58 PM IST

Beijing: India should remain neutral in the China-US rivalry in order to develop a political understanding with Beijing to resolve contentious issues like the border dispute, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said on Sunday.
"In my opinion border cannot be discussed with China in meaningful way unless you have a political understanding with it. That is the nature of China," Swamy, who is here to participate in the World Peace Conference organised by China`s Tsinghua University told.


"They had a political understanding with Russia, they settled what was considered as irreconcilable," he said.


"Border is not a problem if you have a political understanding with China regarding our standing in the dispute between the two," he said.


China says it has settled border disputes with 12 of its 14 neighbours except with India and Bhutan.


Swamy said India remained neutral during China`s dispute with Russia.


India should do the same in the China-US rivalry, he said replying to a question about a perception that border issue can be settled as both countries have strong political leaderships.


Chinese President Xi Jinping is regarded as a strong leader in recent times, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads a strong government with a majority in Parliament.


"For China, non-aligned position is acceptable. Question is whether it is acceptable to Indian electorate or not. Here is where the strong leader has to make a decision," he said referring to the choices before Modi.


"The McMahon Line has been accepted by China to settle border issue with Burma. That line was not drawn separately for Burma. I do not see why China cannot accept McMahon Line for North East of India," he said.


On the Aksai Chin area, which China occupied during the 1962 war, India could continue negotiating, he said.


In order to stay neutral, India should start looking to West Asia instead of East Asia where China is locked in disputes with Japan and some of the ASEAN countries in East and South China seas.


"That is why I am suggesting start looking west, disentangle from east. India is not in a position to defend the countries in the east," he said.


US maintained neutrality over India`s concerns with Pakistan.


"We can also make pious statements," he said.


Both US and China are important to India and Swamy said Indian neutrality is acceptable to China.
Prominent Chinese diplomat, Ma Zhengang, who heads the China Public Diplomacy Association said India and China must not let the border dispute come in the way of developing closer ties.


"If we can`t solve it right now, we should not allow it to stand as a prominent issue in the way of our relationship let alone become a source for conflicts because for China and India the biggest thing is development at home," he said during his interaction on the sidelines of the conference.


"So even if this issue continues to be with us for a while, we must continue to implement the consensus between our two leaders to keep the border region tranquil and peaceful rather than let it become an issue," he said.


"The boundary question is a leftover from history. This can`t be resolved overnight because it`s a historical issue and it can also touch upon people`s sentiment. So I believe it should be resolved based on principles of mutually acceptable and accommodating solutions," he said.