Latest World News: "Eroded trust": Tough Talk In Me by Ajit Doval
The situation along the LAC, India’s de facto border, in the western sector of the Indo-China border since 2020, has eroded strategic trust and the public and political basis for relations between the two countries, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval told senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi on Monday while discussing bilateral relations on the sidelines of the Friends of BRICS meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday, sources said.
Wang Yi is a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CCP) and director of the Office of the CCP Foreign Affairs Commission. He and Mr. Doval are their country’s special representatives for the border talks. The last special representative-level talks between India and China on the border were held in 2019.
NSA Doval stressed the importance of continuing efforts to fully resolve the situation and restore peace and tranquility in border areas, to remove obstacles to normal bilateral relations, sources said.
Wang Yi said the two sides should enhance strategic mutual trust, focus on consensus and cooperation, overcome obstacles and return bilateral relations to the path of healthy and stable development as soon as possible, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. He also reportedly stressed that China will never seek hegemony and stands ready to work with developing countries including India to uphold multilateralism and democratization of international relations, and promote the more just and equitable development of the international order.
Both sides agreed that bilateral relations between India and China are important not only for the two countries, but also for the region and the world.
The meeting came days after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with Wang in the Indonesian capital Jakarta and discussed outstanding issues relating to peace and tranquility in border areas.
India has been locked in a military stalemate with China for more than three years, with Mr Jaishankar describing it as the most complex challenge of his long diplomatic career.
India maintained that bilateral relations can only be normal if there is peace in the border area.
Earlier Monday, Ajit Doval called for collective efforts to address challenges emanating from cybersecurity at the Friends of BRICS meeting. The NSA also held several bilateral meetings with its counterparts and friends from the BRICS countries.
South Africa is hosting the BRICS summit next month.
BRICS is a grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
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