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National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met with senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi and discussed bilateral relations on the sidelines of the Friends of BRICS meeting in South Africa on Monday, according to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs.

During the meeting, the NSA indicated that the situation along the LAC in the western sector of the Indo-China border since 2020 has eroded strategic trust and the public and political basis for the relationship, the statement said.

The NSA stressed the importance of continuing efforts to fully resolve the situation and restore peace and tranquility to border areas, in order to remove obstacles to normal bilateral relations,” the MEA said.

Both sides agreed that the bilateral relationship between India and China is not only for the two countries but also for the region and the world,” he added.

The meeting came a few days after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Wang, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, and discussed outstanding issues regarding peace and tranquility in the border areas.

India has been locked in a military stalemate with China for more than three years, with Jaishankar describing it as the most complex challenge of his long diplomatic career.

Wang 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 more just and equitable development of the international order.

Earlier Monday, 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.

(With agency contributions)

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Updated: July 25, 2023, 10:56 AM IST

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