Border row won't affect economic, cultural ties: Chinese

The big news China issues safety advisory for its nationals in India and 9 other top stories

The big news China issues safety advisory for its nationals in India and 9 other top stories

"Differences on issues like terrorism, nuclear energy access and connectivity initiatives have also acquired some prominence", he said, reffering to the disagreements with China over Beijing's blocking of efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the United Nations, denying India entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project which New Delhi is opposed to as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

India undoubtedly would prefer quiet on its east front, as tensions spark with Pakistan over Kashmir further to the West. This has been part of a series of reports in the Chinese state media that have been stridently accusing India of forcing Bhutan to lodge its protest with China. However, China has already been engaged in a troop buildup in the guise of road building in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Foreign Secretary's remarks come at a time when Indian and Chinese troops have locked horns at Doklam area near India Bhutan boder near Sikkim. For starters, this calls for a policy to bring internal tranquility to the Kashmir Valley.

The Chinese Embassy in New Delhi issued an advisory to its people to pay attention to safety and avoid unnecessary travel within the country. Nearly 55 years later, and two Asian giants continue facing off each other along a three thousand kilometre-long contested mountainous border.

China is India's biggest trading partners outside the European Union, with the balance heavily tilted in favour of Beijing.

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Suddenly, says Shivshankar Menon, former Indian National Security Adviser and former envoy to Beijing, the old modus vivendi in India-China ties, that worked to enhance areas of common interest while seeking to balance rival sensitivities on their strategic concerns, has broken down and there is an urgent need to find a new modus vivendi. However, when it is dissatisfied or has conflicts with Beijing, the Tibet card is played up. "But India may overestimate the influence of Tibetan exiles", it said. The Tibet card is gradually losing its value. The space for Tibetan separatists has been largely squeezed as more Western countries have snubbed the Dalai Lama.

On Sunday, a scholar wrote in the English-language newspaper that if Pakistan were to request, "a third country" could dispatch soldiers to the Kashmir Valley the same way India had intervened on behalf of Bhutan.

India has said its troops acted in coordination with the Bhutan government to prevent the construction of a road by Chinese troops in the Donglang or Doklam region, which is claimed by Thimphu.

India and China have a complicated history of boundary disputes that dates to the creation of the McMahon Line, a 550-mi. border proposed by the foreign secretary of British India, Henry McMahon, in 1914.