“Bilateral ties cannot be normal if there is no normalcy at the border” : MEA Dr. S Jaishankar

India and China

Dr. S Jaishankar made it very clear that the relationship between India and China cannot be friendly till the time normalcy at the border is restored.

After two years of military standoff between the Indian and Chinese army at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi met with his Indian counterpart Dr. S Jaishankar at the Hyderabad House in the national capital. The meeting between the two foreign ministers is significant because it is in a direction to resume the bilateral ties between the two countries which have seen a deterioration.

The Chinese foreign minister flew down to New Delhi late on Thursday from Kabul and had a meeting with the Minister of External Affairs Minister and Dr. S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. New Delhi had categorically stated to Beijing that the bilateral ties between India and China cannot improve until there is complete peace at the LAC (Line of Actual Control). Wang Yi’s visit to New Delhi comes after India released a second statement on China’s association with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad, Pakistan where Wang was a guest.

The relationship between India and China has seen a hit for the past two years when there was a violent clash between armies of both sides at Pangong Tso lake followed by the deadly Galwan Valley clash. Following this, both New Delhi and Beijing have deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and heavy weaponry along the border.

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