New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi Friday, March 25, at the Hyderabad House in Delhi. This is the first visit by the Chinese foreign minister since tensions arose at the border of the two countries in 2020 after 20 Indian soldiers died in the line of duty in a clash where Beijing also suffered a loss of its troops.
The two foreign ministers are holding delegation level talks in the national capital. S Jaishankar tweeted, “Greeted Chinese FM Wang Yi at Hyderabad House. Our discussions commence shortly.”
This was shortly after the Chinese minister met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in Delhi.
Wang’s unannounced arrival came hours after New Delhi issued a second statement on Beijing’s association with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad where the Chinese Foreign Minister was a guest.
“Nations and governments that associate themselves with such exercises should realise the impact it has on their reputation,” Arindam Bagchi, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, said.
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Beijing made the unusual outreach Thursday when Wang reached New Delhi in the evening. There was no official announcement of the visit — not in Beijing, not in New Delhi.
Earlier in the day, speaking at his alma mater St Stephen’s College, Jaishankar said: “Few would have anticipated, for example, the turn that India’s relations with China have taken in the last two years. Any prudent policy therefore backs its posture with capabilities and deterrence. A big responsibility of Indian diplomacy, therefore, is to create the widest set of options for such contingencies. This could mean acquisition of defence capabilities and other supportive measures or securing the understanding for our policies and actions from the international community. And for that matter, in managing or resolving more fraught situations.”
“Where China was concerned, the diplomatic interactions that are going on in parallel to the military standoff since May 2020 illustrate that foreign and defence policies are really joined at the hip. Here too, the value of global support and understanding is self-evident,” he said.
Wang Yi, earlier this week, visited Pakistan. Before coming to India, he also visited Afghanistan. He is set to visit Nepal next.