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Situation at border with India ‘stable and controllable’: China

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Beijing

China on Monday said that the overall situation at the border with India was “stable and controllable”, and both the countries have “unimpeded” communication channels to resolve the issues through dialogue and consultations.

The comments by Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian came in the backdrop of the continuing standoff between the militaries of India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The spokesman was responding to a question on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s remarks that India will not let its “pride be hurt” in its latest border flare-up with China but is determined to settle the dispute through talks between the giant neighbours.

“I want to assure the country that we will not let India’s pride be hurt in any circumstances,” Singh said in an interview to a news channel on Sunday.

“At times, situations arise with China. It has happened before,” Singh said while insisting that India was striving to make sure that the “tension does not escalate”.

“Negotiations are ongoing between the two countries at the military and diplomatic levels,” he said.

Responding to the Indian defence minister’s comments, Zhao said, “China has been implementing the consensus between the two countries’ leaders. We have been committed to upholding our national sovereignty, security as well as stability along the border”.

“Now the overall situation in our border areas is stable and controllable. We have unimpeded communication channels and we hope and believe through dialogue and consultations we can properly resolve the relevant issue,” the spokesman told a media briefing here.

India on Wednesday said it was engaged with China to peacefully resolve the border row.

“We are engaged with the Chinese side to peacefully resolve it,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, replying to questions at an online media briefing.

Both India and China have rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate to settle the current standoff between the militaries of the two countries.

“The two sides have established mechanisms both at military and diplomatic levels to resolve situations which may arise in border areas peacefully through dialogue and continue to remain engaged through these channels,” he said.

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