Peace on border essential pre-requisite for smooth ties with China: India

PM Modi to meet Prez Xi in Wuhan

Beijing, Publish Date: Apr 23 2018 1:01AM | Updated Date: Apr 23 2018 1:01AM
Peace on border essential pre-requisite for smooth ties with China: IndiaFile Photo

India today said maintaining peace in the border areas with China was an "essential pre-requisite" for the smooth development of bilateral ties as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held crucial talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to reset the relations after the Dokalam standoff.

Swaraj and Wang also exchanged views on cooperation on multilateral arena and discussed their perspectives on counter-terrorism and collaborative efforts to address other global challenges, such as climate change and sustainable development.

Swaraj arrived here yesterday on a four-day visit to take part in the foreign ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) from tomorrow.

During the meeting, Wang announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit from April 27-28 in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

In her initial remarks, Swaraj congratulated Wang on being elevated as state councillor and appointed the special representative for the India-China boundary talks.

"This shows how much trust your leadership has in your abilities. I think your new responsibilities will improve India-China relations," she said.

"We will work closely with the Chinese leadership to take India-China cooperation to new heights," she said before the meeting.

"While making efforts to progress our relations in diverse areas, we underlined that maintaining peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas is an essential pre-requisite for the smooth development of bilateral ties," she said in a press statement with Wang after the meeting.

Swaraj said the two sides agreed that as two major countries and large emerging economies, healthy development of India-China relations was important for the emergence of the Asian Century.

"We believe that commonalities outweigh our differences and that we must build on our convergences, while seeking mutually acceptable resolution to our differences," she said. 

Swaraj said as part of the preparatory discussions for the Modi-Xi summit, she and Wang noted with satisfaction the progress made in ties since their last meeting in December in New Delhi.

"The (Modi-Xi) meeting in Wuhan flows from the understanding reached by the two leaders last year that India-China ties are a factor for stability in a period of global changes and have a common responsibility for peace, security and prosperity in the world," she said.

Swaraj said during her meeting with Wang, they discussed the importance of strengthening people-to-people contact in bringing the two nations closer to each other.

She expressed happiness that the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La route will be resumed this year. 

"Our common interests far outweigh our differences. The two countries have no choice other than pursuing ever lasting friendship, mutually beneficial cooperation and a common developme