Incursion acne, can be cured with ointment, says Khurshid

FPSalman Khurshid

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday described the standoff over the Chinese incursion in Ladakh's Depsang valley as "acne" which "can be addressed by simply applying an ointment". Khurshid is scheduled to leave for Beijing on May 9.

While Khurshid's visit was planned to set the ground for Chinese premier Li Keqiang's visit to Delhi in the third week of May, South Block is considering the possibility of sending a team of officials from the MEA, Defence and Army with him if the issue is not resolved by then.

Though Khurshid confirmed his visit Thursday, there has been no official word from the Chinese government yet.

"Somebody asked me is the standoff with China going to dilute your friendship, will it derail your relationship with China, will it mean you will not visit China, will it mean the premier of China will not visit India?" Khurshid said at a FICCI function Thursday.

"Doomsday predictions are absolutely absurd. It's absurd not so much for China as it's absurd for us," he said. "We shouldn't destroy years of investment, years of contribution that we have made to this relationship because somewhere some little thing goes wrong. One little spot is acne, which cannot force you to say that this is not a beautiful face... that acne can be addressed by simply applying an ointment," he said, adding this should not be considered as surrender or admission of defeat.

"Ointment is part of the process of growing up, just as acne is part of the process of growing up. And the relation between India and China is a relationship which is growing up. We started off as children who fought over something they needed, demanded or believed were theirs. They have grown up into two beautiful adults who can talk about these things and who can find a solution," he said.

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