Participation of third parties in India-China relations may not help solve the border dispute between the two sides, said Ma Jia, China’sChina’s Chargé d’affairesd’affaires ad interim in New Delhi, on Wednesday.
Jia emphasized talking between the two countries to solve the current geopolitical issues, particularly border and territory issues. Jia said that ” neither China nor India desired war over the issue and that the two parties “have to talk” she said while briefing the media.
Earlier in March, the Indian Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar described India and China ties as “abnormal” due to the current state in the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and empathized that the two sides need to address “real problems.”
India-China relations are at their lowest point in six decades following the brutal battle in Galwan Valley in June 2020, which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese soldiers. Since then, both countries have clashed several times over the unidentified border area across the Himalayas.
India claimed that China had violated the norms, which led to retaliation in the border areas.
Meanwhile, China is concerned about India-US relations, particularly in the Quad or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between India, the United States, Australia, and Japan.
Jia added that while China was not opposed to regional alliances that aided countries’ economic development, Beijing opposed the Quad because it was meant to “contain” China.
Ms Jia, in response to a question posed by the Hindu about intelligence cooperation between India and US, said, “The border issue between India and China is a bilateral issue. We think our two countries have the wisdom to resolve this issue, and we can properly handle that. We do not invite any other (country), especially from other regions, to interfere in this bilateral dispute.”
However, several bilateral and trilateral meetings have been conducted between the two sides, but no solid results exist, and China is unwilling to address the current border issues.