New Delhi, April 23: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Monday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s informal summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and said that it is good as they have to live side-by-side, so it is better to live as a family. Prime Minister Modi will be meeting with Chinese President on April 27 and April 28.
“I think it is really good that they are meeting. They have to live side-by-side, so it is better to live as a family, said Dalai Lama while talking to reporters during an event at Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management in the national capital. He was here to deliver a convocation lecture.
A new agency ANI reported, Tibetan spiritual leader further said, “I always insist, neither China nor India has the ability to destroy (each) other.”
I think it is really good that they are meeting. They have to live side-by-side, so it is better to live as a family: The Dalai Lama on Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping in #Beijing pic.twitter.com/gyPiDTq83S
— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2018
The informal summit is being seen as a move by the two countries to get their ties back on track following the Doklam stand-off last year. Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam since June 16 after the Indian side stopped construction of a road in the disputed area by the Chinese Army. Bhutan and China have a dispute over Doklam. The face-off had ended on August 28.
Commenting on the informal meeting between the leaders of the two countries, former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said that it is certainly a very bold step. The fact that they have agreed on an informal summit shows that the two leaders realize the importance of this relationship.
Notably, this will be PM Modi’s fourth visit to China after coming to power in 2014. He is again due to visit China to take part in the SCO summit to be held at Qingdao city on June 9-10.
(With inputs from agency)