China and India are neighbors, so it seems they will have some differences. However, the focus should be on finding areas of agreement for growth while addressing any outstanding concerns via conversation, according to outgoing Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong on Tuesday.
The Galwan Valley battles on June 15, 2020, the most significant military encounters between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, marked a turning point in India and China relations. His remarks came after his little over a three-year term.
“India and China are each other’s significant neighbors. It makes sense that China and India will have certain disparities. How you manage disputes is crucial, “Mr. Sun stated in his final words.
“We should be conscious that there are more similarities between the two nations than differences. Instead of defining China-India relations by disagreements, the two sides should work to manage and resolve conflicts and seek a suitable solution via communication and consultation, “he added.
In addition, he mentioned Rabindranath Tagore. “We Easterners cannot borrow the ideas of the West or the temperament of the West, according to the eminent Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. We must recognize the inherent rights we were given at birth. I concur with him entirely.”
According to Mr. Sun, the two nations must respect one another’s political systems and developmental pathways, defend the rule against interfering in one another’s domestic affairs, and steer clear of “misinterpretation and miscalculation.”
“Major neighbors like us would undoubtedly see each other as rivals and dangers if the Western philosophy of geopolitics is applied to the China-India relationship. As a result, conflict and competitiveness will predominate in social contact, with zero-sum games as the unavoidable outcome, “he explained.
“Geographic closeness is an objective presence, but. It should be a chance for us to engage more, work together, use our potential, and learn from each other, “added the Ambassador.
The Ambassador focused on strengthening the two countries mutually beneficial collaboration by mentioning three particular aspects of Sino-Indian ties.
“Cooperation and communication should be improved. China and India have set up communication channels in many levels and departments. To minimize misunderstandings and errors in judgment, we should fully utilize all available communication channels, and enhance our knowledge of one another, “he added.