Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed India-China relations as a factor of stability in the world and pointed out that the two countries were handling their differences with maturity and not allowing them to become disputes.
The prime minister’s remark came during his meeting with visiting Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe in New Delhi.
During his meeting with General Fenghe, PM Modi also appreciated the "increased momentum" of high-level contacts between India and China in all spheres, including in areas of defence and military exchanges.
"Terming India-China relations as a factor of stability in the world, the Prime Minister said that maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas is indicative of the sensitivity and maturity with which India and China handle their differences, not allowing them to become disputes," a release from the PMO said.
"The Prime Minister also warmly recalled his recent meetings with President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, Qingdao and Johannesburg," it added.
The Indian and Chinese troops were locked in a 73-day-long stand-off at Doklam tri-junction in the Sikkim sector between June 16 and August 28 last year when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China tried to build a road in the region.
Amidst apprehensions, the stand-off was finally resolved through diplomatic efforts.
(With IANS inputs)