Jaishankar,Wang Yi meet in Dushanbe, say LAC issues must be resolved, call for further talks
Inter-National: External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar met the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Dushanbe summit on Thursday, 16th Sep 2021, wherein both the party had discussed the border disputes and the need for Tranquility for the long run and betterment for both the Asian giant.
“China must not view India through the lens of its ties with other countries", External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, as the two leaders met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Dushanbe
Both officials discussed the ongoing impasse at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh which they said had left relations at a “low ebb”. A statement issued after the meeting, held two months after they last met in Dushanbe at the SCO Foreign Minister’s meeting in July, said the Ministers agreed to more talks by military and diplomatic officials to resolve the “remaining issues on disengagement”.
According to the MEA, Mr. Jaishankar once again stressed that peace and tranquillity along the LAC, that depends on resolving all remaining issues of the 17-month-long standoff was an “essential basis” for progress in bilateral relations, but it is understood the two Ministers did discuss global developments, including Afghanistan, during their talks.
Mr. Jaishankar said that “Asian solidarity” depended on the example set by India-China relations and in a possible reference to growing U.S.-India ties added that China should “avoid viewing our bilateral relations from the perspective of its relations with third countries”. The remarks are significant as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is addressing the SCO via videoconference on Friday is travelling to Washington next week to attend the Quad summit with leaders of U.S., Australia and Japan, where their common position on China’s actions in the Indo-Pacific will be watched most closely.
A statement from China’s Foreign Ministry in Beijing quoted Mr. Wang as saying that communication between the Foreign Ministries and militaries of both sides, in addressing the LAC issue, had been “effective” and that the situation was moving in the direction of “de-escalation”. He said China hoped India would “move in the same direction” and push for a stabilisation of the situation and “gradually move from emergency response toward regular management and control”.
“We should consolidate the achievements of disengagement and strictly abide by the agreements and common understanding reached between the two countries,” he said, adding that both countries as two major economies “should continue to adhere to the strategic consensus of not posing a threat to each other and treating each other as opportunities for development”.
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