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Dokalam to teach India, China to avoid standoffs: Beijing

Beijing: China on Tuesday said that the Dokalam standoff posed a "major test" for bilateral ties and lessons must be learnt from it to avoid a similar situation in future. The comment came ahead of the 20th round of India-China border talks likely this week in New Delhi between NSA Ajit Doval and China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi who are designated Special Representatives.
Though the talks are scheduled for December 22, an official announcement has not been made yet from both sides. The two sides attach significance to this round of talks as it would be the first round of talks since the 73-day Dokalam standoff in the Sikkim section which ended on August 28.
"This Special Representative meeting is not only a high- level channel for the border issue discussion but also the platform for strategic communication," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here on Tuesday.PTI
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