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Indo-China Foreign Minister Talks
Aug 22, 2016

India and China have had candid exchange of views on some specific issues and they agreed not to let the differences affect their overall ties as they vowed to resolve the issues through dialogue and consultation.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India recently just before the G20 Hangzhou Summit and the 8th BRICS leaders meeting, with the main purpose of having strategic communication with India.

  • The most important consensus reached by the two sides during the visit was that the two agreed to support each other in making both the summits a success’
  • Besides visiting Goa to see arrangements for the BRICS, (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit which is due to take place there in October, the Chinese Foreign Minister held talks with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on August 13 in New Delhi and called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The two sides also had candid exchange of views on some specific issues emerging in the course of exchanges between China and India.
  • Both sides agreed that the two countries have far more common interests than differences, far more aspects of cooperation than competition, and thus should place specific differences at a proper position in bilateral relations so as not to impact the overall friendliness.
  • Meanwhile, the two sides should continue to work on solutions to specific problems through dialogue and consultation, apparently referring to differences over India's admission to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and listing Masood Azhar, the head of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad, as a terrorist by the United Nations.
  • During Chinese Foreign Minister’s visit, the Sino-Indian boundary issue and the need to strengthen border management was also discussed. The eastern sector of this border is the most important and sensitive, from India’s point of view.
  • The two sides reiterated that they attach great importance to developing bilateral relations, and believe that the mainstream of China-India relationship is good, and that the two sides should bear in mind the larger picture of friendly cooperation between the two countries, press firmly ahead with pragmatic cooperation and build a closer China-India partnership of development.

The two sides agreed to strengthen mutual support over the successful organization of the upcoming G20 and BRICS Summits and that China is willing to boost mutual support with India towards this end. The Chinese have also made it clear that the South China Sea issue was of vital national concern and that India should fully comprehend China’s concerns.


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