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China wants pact with India on code of conduct at border

China wants pact with India on code of conduct at border
Outlining China’s first public reaction to Prime Minister Modi’s proposal, deputy director general of the Asian Affairs at the foreign ministry Huang <g data-gr-id="37">Xilian</g> said both sides should try to reach an agreement on code of conduct as attempts to clarify mutual positions on the LAC had “encountered difficulties” in the past.

“Whatever we do in the border area it should be constructive. That means it should be a building block for the process of negotiations not stumbling block,” he said, replying to a question.

“If we find that clarification of the LAC is building block then we should go ahead. But if we find that it is a stumbling block it could complicate the situation further. We have to be careful,” Huang, the Ministry’s point man for India, told an Indian media delegation here on the outcome of Modi’s three-day visit here last month.

“Our position is that we have to seek some kind of comprehensive measures, not only one measure to control and manage the border to ensure peace and tranquillity along the border. We can try and reach an agreement on the code of conduct,” Huang said.

He said both countries still have some time to explore together. “There is no need to do only one thing. We have to do many things. We have to seek <g data-gr-id="30">comprehensive</g> approach to this,” he said.

Pressed further on why China has reservations on the LAC clarification, which Modi stated will help both sides to know their positions, Huang said it was tried few years ago but ran into difficulties.

“We tried to clarify some years <g data-gr-id="35">ago</g> but it encountered some difficulties, which led to <g data-gr-id="34">even</g> complex situation. That is why whatever we do we should make it more conducive to peace and tranquility for making things easier and not to make them complicated,” he said. 


Opposed to India’s oil exploration in the south china sea  
 China is opposed to India’s oil exploration in the South China Sea because it is a disputed area, but regards its ambitious $ 46 billion economic corridor through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir a “livelihood project” with issues left over from history. Both India and China advocate freedom of the navigation in the South China Sea and there are no differences over it, according to Huang <g data-gr-id="53">Xilian</g>, Deputy Director General of the Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry. India will react if a Chinese company goes to a disputed area with a South Asian neighbour, Huang said, adding that likewise China objects to India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) participation in oil exploration in the wells in South China Sea (SCS) claimed by Vietnam, he told an Indian media delegation here. 
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