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China defeat: Beijing signals stand down over India border with latest appeal for union

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China and India have fuelled fears of World War 3 for the past two months after the two countries became embroiled in a bloody skirmish over their common border in the Ladakh region. The two nuclear nations have been engaged in a lengthy battle of wills over control of the region for more than 40 years, with the latest clashes resulting in the death of at least 20 Indian soldiers. But India is now claiming Beijing has signalled its intention to stand down after Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong insisted the two countries should be “partners rather than rivals.”

Doraisamy Raja from the Communist Party of India (CPI) told Times Now he welcomed the comments and insisted India and China must now focus on an “amicable solution” to the tensions.

Mr Raja said: “It’s a positive statement coming from the Chinese side.

“From the Indian side already, our special representative keeps talking to the Chinese side and both sides have agreed that this engagement took place, de-escalation of tensions took place.

“How to move forward? We are saying both sides should continue to have intensive negotiations at the highest possible level so we can get to an amicable solution.”

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National People’s Party (RJD)’s Shivanand Tiwari suggested Beijing and New Delhi should agree on maintaining the “status quo” as they address their differences.

Mr Tiwari said: “If we want to reduce the tension then status quo should be maintained in letter and spirit.

“This will reduce the face-off between soldiers of both sides ad we can also save resources. Both countries must respect the status quo.”

Ambassador Sun Weidong launched an appeal to India on Saturday urging New Delhi to recognise the close relationship the two countries have.

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In a series of tweets published on his official profile, Ambassador Sun said: “#China & #India should be partners, rather than rivals. We provide each other with development opportunities instead of posing threats.

“Only by viewing each other with positive, open & inclusive attitude, we can ensure stable & long-term ties & avoid strategic miscalculation.

“#China & #India need peace rather than confrontation. Cooperation benefits both while confrontation serves neither. Escalation from differences to disputes should be avoided.

“We have wisdom & capability to properly handle differences & not fall into the trap of conflict.”

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The Chinese diplomat continued: “#China & #India need to pursue win-win cooperation instead of a zero-sum game. So-called “decoupling” of economic & trade ties will only harm others without benefit & eventually hurt oneself. Openness & cooperation can help us defeat #COVID19 & revive the economy at an early date.

“#China & #India need to build trust rather than suspicion. Mutual respect & support is a sure way.

“Suspicion & friction is the wrong path. We need mutual respect, treat each other as equals, be open & inclusive. We should implement leaders’ consensus in letter & in spirit.

“#China-#India relations should move forward rather than backward. This year marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties, we should cherish hard-won progress. Facing a complex situation, we should take a broader & far-sighted view, work together to overcome & turn it around ASAP.

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