Indian foreign minister said after meeting his Chinese counterpart in New Delhi that ties between the countries cannot be normal as long as there is a huge deployment of troops along their disputed border.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told a news briefing after a three-hour meeting with China’s Wang Yi that frictions and tensions on the border cannot be reconciled with normal relations.
The Chinese Minister Yi arrived in the city unannounced on Thursday, the most senior 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. The Chinese top diplomat also met India’s powerful national security adviser, Ajit Doval.
Jaishankar noted in a speech on Thursday the deterioration in ties and stressed the importance of the coordination of foreign and defense policies, which he said were “joined at the hip”.
Wang drew a rebuke from the Indian government ahead of his trip for remarks made in Pakistan this week on the disputed Kashmir region. India and Pakistan rule Muslim-majority Kashmir in part but claim in full, and China has generally stood by its close ally Pakistan. Earlier, Chinese FM attended the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign minister in Islamabad. While Referring to the long-standing dispute of Jammu and Kashmir, he said today he “heard the call of many Islamic friends” over the issue, adding that Beijing “share the same aspiration.”
Relations between China and India worsened after a June 2020 border clash in the Ladakh region of Indian-administered Kashmir killed at least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers.
The two sides are scheduled to discuss border tensions as well as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at their meeting. Both countries consider Russia to be a friendly country and have rejected Western calls to denounce Moscow’s action, which it refers to as a special military operation.