China Urges Dialogue with India Amidst Ladakh Standoff: Envoy’s Remarks at Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis Event

Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong called for dialogue between India and China to manage differences and avoid disputes, emphasizing cooperation during an online symposium marking Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis’ birth anniversary.

Despite the Ladakh standoff, Sun highlighted the importance of mutual trust and cooperation amidst shared challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sun Weidong, the Chinese ambassador, stressed the significance of dialogue in managing differences between India and China, urging cooperation during an online symposium commemorating the 110th birth anniversary of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis.

Despite the ongoing Ladakh standoff, Sun emphasized the need for mutual trust and cooperation in addressing shared challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The envoy’s remarks come amidst a stalemate in the disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and escalating tensions in the Ladakh region.

Despite recent talks between senior military commanders, the disengagement process remains stagnant, with troops from both sides entrenched for the winter.

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Sun highlighted the normalcy of differences between major neighboring countries but emphasized the importance of managing and resolving them through dialogue and consultation.

He underscored the common interests shared by India and China, expressing confidence in overcoming difficulties and revitalizing bilateral relations.

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The ambassador also noted the joint efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, citing exchanges of medical expertise, donations of medical supplies, and gestures of solidarity between the two nations’ citizens.

He praised the spirit of Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, a symbol of cooperation between India and China during the Sino-Japanese war, whose legacy continues through contemporary actions fostering friendship and cooperation.

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While India demands the restoration of the pre-existing status quo along the LAC, China attributes tensions to Indian infrastructure development and troop deployments.

However, Sun’s remarks underscore the importance of dialogue and cooperation in addressing these contentious issues and advancing bilateral relations between the two Asian giants.