‘Best way to resolve tension with China is to be friends with them’
New Delhi: Former Chief Minister and Member of Parliament Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that India cannot take the ‘Occupied Aksai Chin’ territory back from China.
Abdullah, the patron of National Conference added that the only way to resolve tension with China is to be friends with them.
“In Ladakh, China has occupied the Aksai Chin. We shout about it, but do not have the power to take it back,” Farooq said.
He added, “The only way to resolve tension with China is to be friends with them as war is not a solution.”
He also pointed out that had India maintained friendship with China, it wouldn’t have been friends with Pakistan.
“India should enhance their diplomatic channels and with that they should resolve this matter. China is Pakistan’s friend, had we maintained our friendship with China, they would not have been friends with Pakistan,” he said.
New Delhi and Beijing have been involved in a lengthy standoff along the Line of Actual Control adjoining Sikkim on India’s eastern border.
India claims Sikkim border as part of its territory, while China has said that the area falls on their side as per the 1890 treaty signed between British and China.
It also alleged that the Indian troops had crossed the Sikkim sector of the Indo-China border.
Consequently, China suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra and conceded that the decision to suspend the pilgrimage was due to the border scuffle.