Measures like setting up of a hotline between the two militaries would contribute to enhancing mutual trust between India and China, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has said, adding that focus should be on maintaining stability along the disputed border.
Speaking about the hotline, defence ministry spokesperson, Yang Yujun, said telephone links would soon be set up between the general headquarters of the two militaries to smoothen communication links.
The thrust of the relations between the two countries, he said, was “increase mutual trust, avoid misadjustments and prevent crisis”.
“It is fair to say that east Asian countries and also among southeast Asia and south Asia, disputed exist. (These) disputes are leftover from history...always upheld that relevant disputes should be resolved through peaceful negotiations and consultations,” Yang said.
“China has signed demarcation agreement with most neighbours. Most boundaries with neighbouring countries have been delineated and all these agreements have been reached through peaceful negotiations,” Yang said.
Yang indicated that it was an important to delineate the boundary and the political leadership of the two countries have the willingness to maintain peace and stability.
“When it comes to the border issue between China and India, the boundary has not been delineated between China and India but the heads of the states and the militaries and the people of the two countries have the willingness to maintain peace and tranquility along the border areas,” Yang said.
Answering a question on the use of the word “smouldering” in the recently released defence white paper to describe land territory issues, officers said the word was mistakenly used while translating from Chinese to English.
Xu Quyu, deputy chief of the institute for strategy at the National Defence University said in Chinese, the words used to describe the land disputes were “still there” and not “smouldering”.
On the PLA’s relations with the Pakistani military, Yang said it is never directed against India.
“Our policy is to develop relations. Never directed against India....Also, we can serve as some kind of bridge (between the two countries). We hope India and Pakistan can resolve the problems in a peaceful way,” Yang said.