China should avoid looking at ties with India as third country: S Jaishankar

Ground Report | New Delhi: China should avoid looking; The tension between India and China on the Line of Actual Control is not over. Some issues still remain the same. The meeting took place during the 21st SCO meeting of the Heads of State in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The two foreign ministers discussed the current situation of global development along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh.

The External Affairs Minister said that since the last meeting between the two countries on July 14, progress has been made in resolving some of the issues of the standoff along the LAC in eastern Ladakh. The army has completely retreated from the Gogra area. However, there are still some issues that are yet to be resolved.

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The two ministers also exchanged views on recent global developments. The External Affairs Minister pointed out that India has never accepted the principle of clash of civilizations. He said that India and China had to treat each other on the basis of merits and establish relations on the basis of mutual respect. For this, it was necessary that China avoid looking at our bilateral relations from the perspective of its relations with third countries. Asian solidarity will depend on the example set by India-China relations

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On this occasion, the Foreign Minister of India also kept the conversation held during the last meeting as a reference. He said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi had said in their last meeting that the bilateral relationship between the two countries is at a low level. Both sides agreed that prolonging the current standoff situation is not in the interest of both sides as it is negatively affecting relations. 

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Therefore, the External Affairs Minister emphasized that both sides should work towards resolving the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh at the earliest, in full compliance with the bilateral agreements.

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The External Affairs Minister said that it was necessary to ensure progress in resolving other issues. The two ministers agreed that military and diplomatic officials from both sides should meet again and continue discussions to resolve the remaining issues at the earliest.

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