S.Jaishankar Asks China To Resolve The Issues in Eastern Ladakh

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External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that China must not view India through its ties. As two leaders S.Jaishnkar and Wang Yi, met on the side lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe on Thursday, they discussed India and China’s relations and ongoing issues on the border.

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”.

Both sides had agreed that a prolongation of the existing situation was not in the interest of either side as it was impacting the relationship in a negative manner.

EAM, therefore, emphasized that the two sides should work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols,” a ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement issued early on Friday said.

According to the MEA, Mr Jaishankar once again stressed that peace and tranquillity along the LAC, which depends on resolving all remaining issues of the 17-month-long standoff, was an “essential basis” for progress in bilateral relations.

Still, it is understood that 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. He is scheduled to address the SCO via videoconference on Friday.

His travel plans are taking him to Washington next week to attend the Quad summit with leaders of the 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 stabilizing 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.

He further added portraying 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”.

Indian and Chinese officials are due to hold the 13th round of military talks to resolve the situation at the LAC that began in April last year, when China amassed its troops along the boundary in Eastern Ladakh and transgressed into several areas, leading to the Galwan Clashes in which 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese soldiers were killed.

Contradicting the CDS’ comments, Mr Jaishankar told Mr Wang that India did not believe in the “Clash of civilization theory” (famously propounded by U.S academic Samuel Huntington0.

“EAM conveyed that India had never subscribed to any clash of civilizations theory. He said that India and China had to deal with each other on merits and established a relationship based on mutual respect.” the MEA statement said.

Tanvi Sawant
Tanvi Sawant
I am a creative writer at Asiana Times. I have completed my Graduation in mass media/Journalism. I am a news writer at day and a Scriptwriter at night because I like to write on both Real and Reel. You can find me on Instagram, Linkedin and Facebook:)

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