Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj during a India-China-Russia trilateral meeting in New Delhi earlier this week

NEW DELHI: Days before 20th round of Sino-Indian boundary talks here China on Friday upped the ante by claiming that "illegal crossing of Indian troops into Doklam" was a 'severe test for bilateral ties.

Giving an account of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's meeting with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj here on Monday, the Chinese foreign ministry in statement informed that Wang told Swaraj that in 2017, China-India relations have maintained an overall development momentum.

"Both sides made efforts to this end but the results were unsatisfactory. The Dong Lang incident caused by the Indian border troops' illegal crossing of the China-India boundary into the Chinese territory was a severe test for bilateral relations. The incident was ultimately settled by peaceful means through diplomatic measures, which embodies that China-India relations are becoming increasingly mature."

"However, lessons should be learned to prevent similar incidents from happening again," the Chinese MFA suggested and noted that "as two great ancient civilizations and emerging market economies, China and India both shoulder the historical mission of development and rejuvenation.

Sharing the same or similar views on the world trends and international affairs, the two countries should become natural partners for cooperation. Leaders of both countries once pointed out that China and India should see each other as an opportunity rather than challenge, and a partner rather than opponent."

This statement issued ahead of Special Representative talks on boundary solution scheduled in Delhi on Dec 20-21is significant as it indicates that China will stick to its position on Doklam episode. While Indian NSAs have been SR since dialogue was launched in 2003, State Councillor Yang Jiechi will be leading Chinese delegation. Entire 4,057-km long Sino-Indian boundary is disputed with differing perceptions of Line of Actual Control (LAC).

"Both sides should earnestly implement these important judgments to reach more extensive consensus and turn them into more specific measures. Both sides should constantly expand the positive side of bilateral relations and further accumulate the positive energy of bilateral exchanges," the statement noted.

"Wang Yi expressed that China-India relations are at a critical period. The most important thing between both countries remains to be the genuine cultivation of mutual trust.

With the presence of mutual trust, specific issues can be hopefully solved on the basis of mutual understanding and mutual accommodation... Therefore, both sides should enhance strategic communication at all levels, restore the established dialogue mechanisms..."

The settlement of the Dong Lang incident through diplomatic measures fully embodies the two countries' political wisdom, the Chinese Foreign Ministry noted after MEA on Wednesday pointed out Swaraj and Wang discussed Doklam episode during their talks. India has maintained that China tried to alter status quo at trijunction of Doklam.