Beijing, May 10 (PTI): China and India should “examine” the recent border stand off in Depsang Valley in Ladakh and be able to resolve such incidents “much quicker” in the future, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said today.
“We both have reasons to express satisfaction that we were able to resolve this issue, indeed through mechanisms we put in place over the years”, Khurshid, who is here to hold talks with the Chinese leadership, told the state-run CCTV in an interview.
He made the comment while replying to a question about the 20-day stand off between the two sides after Chinese troops pitched tents in Daulat Beig Oldi (DBO) sector in Ladakh.
“But it (the resolution) did take time and the fact that it happened at all, the two important dimensions we need to examine further. Therefore we need to do our own respective analysis as to why it happened and if such thing were to happen again, which is unlikely, we should be able to resolve them much quicker than we resolved it this time”, he said.
On the importance of the forthcoming visit of new Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India, making it the first stop of his maiden foreign tour, Khurshid said, “Clearly if China thinks that their Premier should make the first stop in India, understandably we feel the same way that China should have the highest billing”.
“Not only are we neighbours we are two very important countries whose convergence in terms of perceptions, positions and attitudes can make a world of difference globally and most certainly in Asia”, he said.
“Both in historical terms and in terms of potential that there is for collaboration between us, we cannot think of more important country at this point of time and we are pleased that this is recognised mutually”, he said.
Yesterday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, during his meeting with Khurshid, discussed Li’s visit to India from May 19-21.