“China is the largest trading partner of India. We have made a lot of progress at the bilateral level as well as in international and regional affairs,” Mr Zhaohui said.
“In the history of bilateral engagement, there have been thousands of prominent persons like Professor Xu, including Xuanzang, Faxian, Bodhidharma and Tagore. We should never forget their contribution and legacies. History could teach us a lot of things. Standing on their shoulders, we should do more today,” the top diplomat said.
Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh celebrated Dussehra with jawans of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police at Lapthal near the border with China. It was the first visit by a senior minister to the border with China after the Doklam standoff eneded.
“The deadlock in Doklam was resolved through positive dialogue between India and China,” Mr Singh said.
During the Doklam standoff, Mr Zhaohui had told news agency PTI that “the ball is in India’s court” and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff.
When asked about remarks by official Chinese media and Chinese think-tanks that the conflict can lead to a “war” if not handled properly, the ambassador had said: “There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your government policy (whether to exercise military option).”