July 6, 2022

India informs visiting Chinese minister that border confrontation is hampering relations

India informs visiting Chinese minister that border confrontation is hampering relations

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India sees the complete withdrawal of Chinese and Indian forces from the standoff on their distant border as key to improving relations, India’s foreign minister said on Friday, following talks in New Delhi with his Chinese counterpart. .

Wang Yi is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit India since border clashes in the northern Himalayan region of Ladakh in June 2020 led to a sharp deterioration in relations between the Asian giants.

Both countries have deployed thousands of troops to the elevated border. But there has been little progress in more than a dozen rounds of talks between senior military officers in an attempt to defuse the situation. Read more

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“I was very sincere in my discussions with the Chinese foreign minister, especially in conveying our patriotic feelings,” Indian Prime Minister Subramaniam Jaishankar told a news briefing after his three-hour meeting with Wang.

“The frictions and tensions arising from Chinese deployments since April 2020 cannot be reconciled with a normal relationship between the two neighbors.”

In a statement, Wang said the two sides should resolve their differences, adding that the world would listen if China and India spoke with one voice.

Jaishankar, a former ambassador to Beijing, said India had not announced Wang’s visit before his arrival in the capital late Thursday, at China’s request.

Wang met India’s National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, who also lobbied him for a de-escalation at the border.

It was not immediately clear if India had offered to withdraw its forces if China did.

Wang and Jaishankar also discussed their countries’ approach to addressing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“We both agreed on the importance of an immediate ceasefire, as well as a return to diplomacy,” Jaishankar said.

Both India and China regard Russia as a friend and have rejected Western calls to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a “special military operation.”

Wang, who visited Pakistan and Afghanistan earlier this week, is due to travel to Himalayan Nepal later on Friday for a brisk tour of South Asia, where China is trying to boost its influence.

Before his arrival, Wang drew a reprimand from India over his statements in Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region each partially governed but fully claimed, an issue in which China generally supports its close ally Pakistan. Read more

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(Report) Submitted by Krishna N Das, Sanjeev Migliani and Deviot Ghoshal; Additional reporting by CK Nayak. Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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