China tells India, ‘Put the boundary in the proper place’ in relations; flight resumption talks

India and China should put the border issue in its “proper” place and bring the situation under “normalised control”, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang told External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting . New Delhi on Thursday.

Qin told Jaishankar during the meeting, “We should put the border issue in the proper place in bilateral relations and promote the early transition of the border status to normal control.”

“The two sides should implement the important consensus reached between the leaders of the two countries, maintain dialogue, resolve differences, and promote the improvement of bilateral relations as soon as possible and move forward rapidly,” Qin said. It was released on Friday morning, several hours after the bilateral meeting in New Delhi.

“China is willing to speed up the resumption of exchanges and cooperation with India in various fields, resume direct flights as soon as possible, and facilitate people-to-people exchanges,” Qin said.

Direct flights between the two countries have been suspended since March 2020, when China closed its international borders due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

Beijing has resumed direct flights with several countries in recent months, including South Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan, as COVID-19-related restrictions are lifted.

The continued suspension of flights between India and China has been interpreted as a symptom of the worst chill in relations between the two countries since the Galwan Valley incident in June 2020, when a brutal fight saw India kill 20 soldiers and China. had lost at least four soldiers. on a disputed section along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.

The Indian minister was forthright with his Chinese counterpart in explaining New Delhi’s consistent stand on the ongoing dispute.

Jaishankar said at a media briefing on Thursday evening, “We spent about 45 minutes talking to each other and the bulk of our conversation was about the current state of our relationship, which many of you have told me is unusual.” heard.”

“And [that was] The adjectives I used in that meeting. There are real problems in that relationship that need to be looked at, that need to be discussed very openly and frankly between us. That’s what we tried to do today,” Jaishankar said.

Read also:‘The adjectives I used…’: Jaishankar on 45-minute meeting with China’s Qin

New Delhi has consistently rejected Beijing’s allegations of provocative actions since the border standoff began in May 2020, saying it was the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that transgressed the LAC in eastern Ladakh and created tension.

The Chinese readout quoted Jaishankar as saying, “The current border situation between the two countries is gradually stabilising, and both sides should work together to maintain peace and tranquility in the border area.”

The skirmish between Indian and Chinese border troops on December 9 last year in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang sector on the eastern side of the LAC, thousands of kilometers from Ladakh, was not only a clear indication of mistrust and suspicion between the two armies, but also a new between Delhi and Beijing.

Thousands of troops are deployed on both sides of the LAC, although frontline troops have distanced themselves from most of the friction points that were at the center of the dispute in 2020.

On India hosting the G20 summit this year, Qin said, “China supports the Indian side in carrying out its G20 presidency and strengthens communication and cooperation to safeguard the common interests of developing countries and international fairness and justice.” Willing to do, so that stability can be injected.” and positive energy in the world.

Qin said that China and India have broad common interests in safeguarding the rights and interests of developing countries, promoting South-South cooperation, and addressing global challenges such as climate change.

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