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India, China to tap multilateral forums for bilateral contacts | India News

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NEW DELHI: India and China should work to enhance trust and not suspicion and their “common interests” far outweigh their differences, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told Indian ambassador Pradeep Rawat at a meeting in Beijing on Wednesday.
Significantly, the Indian embassy said in a statement that there was an “agreement” that the two sides should make full use of the opportunities provided by multilateral meetings to continue their exchange of views, including between the foreign ministers of the two countries. India has so far maintained that there cannot be business as usual with China till the time the military standoff in eastern Ladakh is fully resolved.
Wang, however, had visited India in late March in what was the first high-level bilateral visit by either side since the deadly Galwan clashes in June 2020. Beijing has since been emphasising that India and China have similar positions on major international issues and seemed appreciative of India’s position on the Ukraine crisis. According to China, Wang told Rawat that foreign minister S Jaishankar publicly expressed his disapproval of “European centralism and objections to external forces meddling in China-India relations” and that this reflected India’s tradition of independence.
The meeting, however, came days after China’s decision to block a proposed UN ban on Pakistan based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki.
In the meeting, Rawat emphasised the criticality of maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas for realising the full potential of the consensus at the highest level on the importance of the relationship. Wang said that the border issue is important and that the two countries should stay committed to peacefully addressing it through consultation and coordination.
That differences with India remained on the border standoff was evident from the Chinese readout which said Wang reiterated China’s position that the two countries put the border issue in an appropriate place in bilateral ties and seek solutions through dialogue.
“The common interests between China and India far outweigh the differences. The two sides should bear in mind the overall interests of bilateral relations, help each other succeed instead of engaging in attrition, strengthen cooperation instead of guarding against each other, and enhance trust instead of being suspicious of each other,” said Wang, as he appealed to India to build upon the “warming momentum” in ties.
Chinese authorities also quoted Rawat as saying India will firmly pursue an independent foreign policy, and is ready to work with China





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