Differences should not become disputes: India tells China

Beijing,AUg 12: India and China should not allow differences to cloud their bilateral relationship, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Jaishankar is on a three-day visit here, conveyed to Wang that both sides should make a conscious effort to ease any tensions to ensure that “differences between us, if any, should not become disputes”.

He said that India-China ties have a unique place in global politics and the relationship should be a factor of global stability.

The Jaishankar’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart comes days after New Delhi firmly told Beijing that the revocation of special status for Kashmir and the creation of Ladakh Union Territory were an internal matter.

In his remarks, Wang said China is closely following the escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan and urged New Delhi to maintain peace and stability.

Ahead of his meeting with Wang, Jaishankar on Monday met Vice President of China, Wang Qishan, in Beijing.

The state-run Global Times on Monday said that China and India will have “sufficient communications” over the Kashmir issue during Jaishankar’s visit, “and India is expected to explain its concerns and plans to the Chinese side in a frank manner to earn understanding from the Chinese side”, it said quoting a researcher.

“China will also reiterate its stance, as well as its discontent and objection to India’s move that bypassed the mechanism for territorial disputes and resorted to unilateral approaches,” the paper said, quoting Qian Feng, a research fellow at the national strategy institute of Tsinghua University.

According to him, “China is expected to play the role of a mediator between its two important neighbors in South Asia and to help prevent the situation from “going out of control”.

He said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi paid a “special emergency visit” to China on Friday evening and briefed Wang in detail about Pakistan’s view, position and countermeasures on the Kashmir issue.

fter China termed creation of a new Union Territory of Ladakh as “unacceptable”, India had firmly told Beijing that the decision to bifurcate J&K is wholly an internal matter, and also that New Delhi does not comment on the internal matters of others, and expects others to do likewise.


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