On Tuesday, China has cancelled the plans to jointly launch commemorative stamps with India to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties reported Chinese state media CGTN.
Hence china’s State Post Bureau has decided to cancel its plan to jointly launch commemorative stamps with India, according to a statement released on its website.
This comes on the same day when the Chinese envoy in India Ambassador Sun Weidong participated in the opening ceremony of “Beautiful China, Beautiful India” online Photo Exhibition in New Delhi, which is also part of the series of celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and India.
Speaking at the event he waxed eloquent on the dance between the dragon and the elephant while Beijing was cancelling one of the important events related to the same celebrations.
“It is a great honor to attend the virtual opening ceremony of the “Beautiful India Beautiful China-Dragon and Elephant Dance Together for Win-Win Outcomes” Online Photo Exhibition. This event is one of a series of celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and India. I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the convening of the event,” said Ambassador Weidong.
This comes amid continued tensions at the border between India and China. Both sides have been working to ease border tensions in eastern Ladakh.
When asked about when the next round of talks will be held, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here that China and India have been in “close communication on the border issue through diplomatic and military channels to further ease tensions.”
“The two sides will hold consultations over specific arrangements for further talks on the basis of acting on existing consensus reached through previous talks,” she said.
Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava said last Thursday, “As we have conveyed earlier, the two sides continue to maintain communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the LAC in the Western sector and full restoration of peace and tranquility. Both sides have agreed to have another round of Senior Commanders meeting at an appropriate time. As and when we have more information, we will share it with you.”
The two sides have has 8 rounds of Corps Commander-level meetings so far but the stalemate continues.
Meanwhile, the Chinese envoy on Tuesday said, “The two leaders reached an important consensus that China and India pose no threat but offer development opportunities to each other. We should grasp the general trend of historical development, fully implement the leaders’ consensus and push forward China-India relations in the right direction.”
He added, “We need to inherit and carry forward the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, mutual respect, and equality, promote local exchanges, and foster closer people-to-people ties to strengthen popular support for the long-term development of China-India relations.”