Border issue a headache, says visiting Chinese team

Weeks after India and China once again got locked in a diplomatic row over maps on Chinese passports, a visiting Chinese Communist Party delegation on Wednesday termed the border issue a "headache and trouble" for bilateral ties which led to "some unhappy and unfortunate incidents" and said that both countries should be ready to make "compromises and meet each other halfway".

Li Junru, member of the Standing Committee of National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, said, "Border issue is a headache and trouble left over to us by the British colonists. It happens because of historical reasons and we did have some unhappy and unfortunate incidents in this regard in the past.... They have hindered our development but I think we should try to turn over to a new page as soon as possible. The two governments have engaged in dozen rounds of negotiations."

The former Vice President of Central Party School of the CPC also called for "early settlement" of border disputes and said that once it is solved there will be nothing that will hinder the development between the two countries.

Li, who led a delegation of party members and intellectuals, met leaders from Congress, BJP and Left parties during their stay in Delhi. They are touring South Asian countries to apprise leaders about China's recent leadership change.

On the issue of South China Sea, Li said Beijing will not be reckless but will not "keep quiet" if other countries use force against it. "We don't put pressure on these matters. In fact, we were being pressured by others for a long time, after the establishment of PRC, nothing had happened... it was all at peace on the South China Sea or the East Sea," he said.

"There was no problem of navigation. But one day, we discovered oil and natural gas reserves there and all of a sudden, others jumped out and said, it's ours. For us Chinese, starting from primary school students, we all know that from history, from a long time that these are ours, these are our territory and other people say, no it's ours. So, what can we do? We are trying to have negotiations and dialogue with relevant parties concerned, and we wish to have dialogue and negotiations in a one-on-one manner. And we don't want to resort to use of force or to intimidate others by our economic or military pressure," he said.

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