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China urges US to keep its ‘open doors’ to India

China has urged the United States to keep open its doors to India in a new statement, urging the two countries to “engage in a constructive dialogue on the border”.

The statement, published on Tuesday, said Beijing and Washington had already “agreed to establish an independent, fair, equitable and prosperous border between the two sides”.

“Both sides have agreed to maintain a joint border and work together to establish it, to prevent cross-border smuggling and to enhance bilateral trade,” the statement said.

India has said the US is seeking to establish a “one-China” policy on Taiwan and is trying to change the status quo at the border.

Washington has rejected such moves.

“The US wants to be able to claim a Chinese territory on the basis of what China has said is a historical, cultural and linguistic basis,” said a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“They’re saying they’re willing to accept that.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met in New Delhi in recent months to discuss border issues, including the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.