India and China began key day-long talks in Beijing on Monday in the backdrop of recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir as Beijing said that it is closely following tensions in the region and ramifications.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar while heading the talks for India told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that India-China tie had a unique place in global politics and the two countries have been sensitive to each other’s core concerns.
During his opening remarks, Jaishankar said, “As you know, the India-China relationship has a very unique place in global politics. Two years ago, our leaders PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping recognized that reality had reached a consensus at Asthana that at a time of global uncertainty, India-China relationship be a factor of stability and to ensure that it was important that differences between us, if any, should not become disputes.”
Jaishankar further stated that it was a matter of great satisfaction that at the Wuhan summit last year, there was very deep and constructive and open exchange of views between the two leaders and the impact has been seen in the bilateral relations also.
Referring to India-Pakistan tensions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Jaishankar that India should play a constructive role in maintaining regional peace and stability. He said that when it comes to the regional tensions between India and Pakistan and possible ramifications, they follow these developments very closely and hopes that India would also play a constructive role for regional peace and stability.
The two-day visit of Jaishankar was finalized before New Delhi revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories on August 5.
Jaishankar will also finalize preparations during his visit for the upcoming visit of President Xi Jinping to India in October.