Indian Army Chief's comments will hurt peace: China

IANS
Beijing, Publish Date: Jan 16 2018 1:03AM | Updated Date: Jan 16 2018 1:03AM
Indian Army Chief's comments will hurt peace: China

China on Monday expressed anger over Indian Army chief Bipin Rawat's recent remarks, saying such "unconstructive" comments defy the consensus to maintain peace and would rather hurt it.

At a press conference last week, Gen Rawat said it was time India shifted its focus from the western border with Pakistan to its northern frontier with China, which could send back troops again to the point of face-off in Doklam plateau. He also said that India needed to check China's growing assertiveness in the neighbouring countries in the South Asia region.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said the remarks would disturb peace, which both countries were trying to restore after a military stand-off last year.

"Last year, India-China relations have witnessed some twists and turns but Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS meeting last September reached a consensus to bring the ties back on track," Lu said.

"Recently, the two sides enhanced dialogue on consultations and bilateral relations have shown sound momentum of improvement and development.

"Under such background, the unconstructive remarks by the Indian senior officials not only go against the consensus reached by the two heads of state and do not conform to the efforts made by the two sides to improve and develop bilateral relations". IANS

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