China relations with India developing with ‘sound momentum’ says china

Vastavam web: China said today its relations with India are developing with a “sound momentum” and the two sides have made new achievements as they made efforts to reset their ties with major high-level visits post-Dokalam.Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang, however, parried questions over India cancelling some events of the Dalai Lama.He was replying to a question whether China welcomes recent efforts by India to improve ties with China including cancellation of some events by the Dalai Lama.

He also skirted a direct response about the likely visit of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to China.Separately, the Chinese Defence Ministry, which is bracing for the visit of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to China, said that developing military-to-military ties is an “important step” in the progress of bilateral relations.

Asked about Sitharaman’s upcoming visit, Chinese Defence spokesman Col Ren Guoqiang told a media briefing today that “the military-to-military relationship between India and China is an integral part of the state-to-state relationship”.”We hope to see a sound interaction between the two militaries,” he said, adding that programme for Sitharaman’s visit is still being chalked out.

Sitharaman said recently that she plans to visit China next month.

In recent months, India and China have made efforts to reset their ties damaged by the 73-day long standoff at Dokalam over Chinese military’s push to build a road close to India’s Chicken Neck corridor.While Chinese Commerce Minister Zhong Shan visited India recently, a number of top Indian officials including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were expected to visit China in the next few weeks to take part in the events connected with June summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to be held in Chinese city of Qingdao.