The border standoff with India “will not affect” the “long-standing” economic and cultural ties between the two countries, a top Chinese official said. The announcement comes at a time when the tension between the two Asian Powers is on the rise following the Chinese accumulating troops in the Arunachal/Sikkim border which also prevented the pilgrims undertaking Amarnath Yatra.
“India and China have enjoyed historical and cultural connections over thousands of years. And, be it trade or other relationships, we have been establishing ties. This border issue, I reckon, is temporary.
“And it will not affect our long-standing economic and cultural ties,” the official said. He made the statement when asked whether the ongoing row would affect Sino-India ties.
India-China Economic and Cultural Council, a non-for-profit organisation, which has been partnering with the local government of Dongguan City in China’s Guangdong Province since 2014.
The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Expo — on Monday renewed its partnership with the Chinese side where the Deputy Secretary-General of the People’s Government of Dongguan City Chen Qingsong in his address welcomed Indian delegates to attend the exposition, while asserting that tourism inflow between India and Dongguan has been “on the rise”.
“In 2016, the expo attracted participation from 73 countries and regions along the Maritime Silk Road. A total of 104 Indian exhibitors took part in the event, reaching a sales volume of USD 63 million,” he added. This is seen as a blessing in disguise in the strained relationship between India and China which has been on loggerheads in the recent times.