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Leaders From India, China Need to Calm Down: BJP Leader Ram Madhav

The Chinese media, he added, is often seen as guided by political dispensation of the country. “So, whatever they publish is taken as an official position. What we need is for leaders to calm down,” Madhav told News18.

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Updated:July 5, 2017, 10:15 PM IST
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Leaders From India, China Need to Calm Down: BJP Leader Ram Madhav
“So, whatever they publish is taken as an official position. What we need is for leaders to calm down,” Madhav told News18.
New Delhi: As tensions between India and China refuse to die down, national general secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Ram Madhav slammed the opinion piece in Chinese daily Global Times, saying that the kind of aggression China was showing was surprising and unprecedented.

“For the first time, there are perceptional differences on where the actual line of control is. The opinion piece in Global Times was very harsh. Such language is not used in diplomatic relations,” he said.

The Chinese media, he added, is often seen as guided by political dispensation of the country. “So, whatever they publish is taken as an official position. What we need is for leaders to calm down,” Madhav told News18.

He quashed concerns on the magnitude of the current situation, recalling a similar "serious" dispute in 1986 in Sudaranasu village in Arunachal Pradesh, he said the two countries could not see eye-to-eye for 6-7 years.

“Yes, it is for the first time that there are perceptional differences on where the actual line of control is. But the situation is far from grave,” he added.

Asked whether the escalated tensions had anything to do with PM Narendra Modi’s recent visit to US President Donald Trump, Madhav said that there was very little chance that the meeting was a reason for tensions to be triggered.

“I’m not sure why they’re so aggressive. When President Xi Jinping and PM Modi met in Astana, they were so cordial with each other. President Xi took some time out to spend with Modi too. I don’t know how things reached this level,” Madhav said. Bilateral trade, he hoped, would ne be affected.

“Border issues have been going on since the time Rajiv Gandhi was in power. They have never affected our bilateral activities. Be it trade, academics, people to people relations. Hopefully we can, as everyone says, ‘freeze border issues and talk about other issues’. This is the way forward,” he added.

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