Highlights:

  • Wang Yi advised his India’s counterpart that India and China should engage and focus on the “normalised management” of the disputed border
  • He made this statement at the SCO summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • S Jaishankar voiced that India is willing to boost communication and coordination with China

On Thursday, Chinese State Councillor and foreign minister Wang Yi advised India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar that India and China should engage and focus on the “normalized management” of the disputed border rather than just resort to “emergency response”. He made this statement at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Wang Yi urged that both the countries need to work together to maintain peace in the border areas and prevent the recurrence of incidents. On the other side, S Jaishankar voiced that India-China ties were “indispensable” and that the country does not believe in a “clash of civilizations” adding that it is very important for Asian countries to maintain unity.

A statement from the Chinese foreign ministry quoted Wang saying, “In the previous period, the communication between the diplomatic and military departments of the two countries was serious and effective, and the border situation between the two countries has generally developed in the direction of ease.” He cited that it is necessary to consolidate the result of the disengagement of frontline forces and strictly abide by the agreement and consensus achieved between both countries.

The statement added, “It is hoped that the Indian side will meet the Chinese side halfway, promoting the continued stability of the (border) situation, and gradually shift from emergency response to normalized management.” So far, Both India and China have tens of thousands of troops positioned on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as a part of a stand-off that commenced in May 2020.

The statement further quoted S Jaishankar stating, “The Indian side is willing to work with China to abide by the bilateral agreement, promote the next round of the military commander-level meeting to achieve positive results, and earnestly maintain peace in border areas. “

S Jaishankar also voiced that India is willing to boost communication and coordination with China within the framework of the BRICS and SCO to jointly retaliate to the global challenges like combating terrorism.

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