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Making a indirect reference to the 73-day-long military standoff on the Doklam Plateau in Bhutan, Ambassador Luo Zhaohui made a solid pitch for renewing India-China ties by utilizing an idiom that both “India and China should make one plus one eleven”.

Talking on the 68th commemoration of establishing of the People’s Republic of China, Zhaohui said that it was time that both the countries turn the old page and begin a new chapter. Alluding to the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of BRICS Summit in Xiamen, he said that the countries have gained a great deal of ground at a respective level and the meeting had sent a reasonable message of of “reconciliation” and “cooperation”.

He emphasised that the bilateral ties between the nation have grown significantly specially after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the BRICS summit this month.

There had been growing tensions between the two nations over Doklam, where their armies had been locked in a stand-off for over two months. India and China don’t enjoy a smooth relationship since territorial dispute has been a major bone of contention between them, which even lead to the war of 1962 between the two nations.

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Ambassador Zhaohui said both leaders had sent out a clear message of the need to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas. He also added that both India and China have agreed to strengthen their ties.”We should turn the old page and start a new chapter with the same pace and same direction.”

“China is the largest trading partner of India. We have made a lot of progress at the bilateral level, as well as in international and regional affairs. I am quite sure that with joint efforts, we will focus on cooperation, handle the difference properly, enhance mutual trust, and move forward and take our relations to a new height,” Ambassador Zhaohui said.

Zhaohui also recollected Professor Xu Fancheng, who lived in Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry from 1945 to 1978 and has translated Upanishad, Bhagawad Gita and Shakuntala from Sanskrit to Chinese.”In our bilateral engagement, there have been a large number of prominent persons like Prof Xu Fancheng, (Buddhist priest) Bodhidharma, Faxian (a Chinese Buddhist priest who travelled to India in the third century) and Rabindranath Tagore.”

“We ought to always remember their commitment and heritages. The history could do a considerable measure of things. Standing on their shoulders, we should seek  to accomplish all the more today,” Luo said.

There is an understanding now that China’s efforts to make amends follow a realisation that Beijing could have avoided the confrontation, more so because it wasn’t really a high-stakes test for China.

One month from now, the nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China will be held in Beijing. The envoy said that he believed that under the able leadership  of the Communist Party of China and President Xi Jinping, China will have a brighter future.