"No change" has taken place at the Dokalam standoff area after it was resolved previous year, India's envoy Gautam Bambawale said and blamed China squarely for the face off, saying it happened because Beijing tried to alter the "status quo" which it should not have.
India's envoy in an interview to Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post had blamed China for the stand-off in Dokalam saying it happened because Beijing tried to alter the "status quo" which it should not have.
"Last year thanks to our concerted efforts and our wisdom we properly resolved this issue. There is no such thing as changing status quo", she said at a media briefing here.
Worth mentioning here the two countries are the largest emerging economies of the world with 35% of the world's population and around 20% of the world's GDP but the relative volume of bilateral trade is less than 1% of global trade.
Responding to Mr. Bambawale's comments where he said China had changed the status quo, along with military standoff in Doklam area, Ms. Hua said: "China is committed to maintaining peace stability and tranquility there and Donglang [Doklam] belongs to China as we have historical conventions".
"We have every reason to be each other's partners".
Referring to various visits planned between the two countries including that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June to China to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, he said that both the countries "especially on the political level, must be very frank and open and candid with each other".
China has promised to address India's concern on the growing bilateral trade deficit.
"There are some issues and problems between India and China, if we have to solve those problems, we need to talk candidly. Export of India's IT and IT-enabled services (ITeS) to China and cooperation in the sectors of tourism and healthcare needs to be focused on", he said.
According to officials, the data shared by upper riparian state, China, to lower riparian states, India and Bangladesh is essential every monsoon to allow anticipation of the flow of the water and take necessary measures to deal with flooding in India's north eastern states.