INDIA: In a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday, Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar underlined India’s request for an immediate resolution of all remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.
According to an Indian readout, Jaishankar emphasized the need to maintain the “momentum” to complete disengagement from all remaining regions to restore peace and serenity in the border areas. He did this by recalling the disengagement previously carried out in some friction areas.
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The two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali.
As the first high-level bilateral visit by either side following the hostilities in Galwan in 2020, this was their first encounter since Wang’s trip to India in March.
Wang made it clear that China would support India’s impending G20 and SCO chairmanship and expressed appreciation for India’s assistance during China’s Brics chairship this year.
“Bilateral relations have generally shown a momentum of recovery. China and India share common interests and similar reasonable demands,” said China in a statement.
Chinese nation emphasized that India will continue to uphold strategic independence and an independent stance in international affairs in its readout of Jaishankar’s remarks.
The spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry responded to a question regarding the meeting and the fact that Jaishankar brought up the LAC problem by saying that the China-India border was typically stable.
“The two sides agreed to properly resolve the issues related to the western sector of the China-India border by the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and the agreements signed by the two sides,” he said.
Jaishankar also reaffirmed the importance of fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols, and the understandings reached between the two ministers during their previous talks.
“In this regard, both ministers affirmed that military and diplomatic officials of the two sides should continue maintaining regular contact and looked forward to the next round of senior commanders’ meeting at an early date,” said the government in a statement.
Jaishankar also reaffirmed that the three mutuals—mutual respect, mutual sensitivity, and mutual interests—are crucial to the India-China partnership.
According to sources, the two ministers also spoke on regional and international issues, especially the situation in Ukraine.