Beijing, August 13: Settling for a structured talk with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, EAM on Jaishankar while on a three day crucial visit to China has agreed on a host of initiatives, being to improve India China mutual relations, with New Delhi emphasising that the future of the ties will depend on the mutual sensitivity to each other's core concerns and that any bilateral differences should not become disputes.
“The future of the India-China relationship will obviously depend on mutual sensitivity to each other's core concerns. It is natural, both as neighbours and large developing economies, that there would be issues in our ties. Properly managing differences is therefore vital. As our leaders agreed in Astana, differences should not become disputes. That is how India-China relations can remain a factor of stability in an uncertain world”, the External Affairs Minister said while in discussion with Wang Yi.
Referring to the informal summit between PM Modi and President Xi last year, Jaishankar said, “The positive direction of ties after the Wuhan Summit has opened up a world of new convergences. Exploiting this and taking our ties to a new level will require strong public support in both societies. The media can make a major contribution to that goal”, he said.
Meanwhile, strapping the India Pakistan issue over Jammu and Kashmir, Wang Y said that there were some difference between the two countries and that China didn’t intend to shy away from these differences. We have exchanged views on these issue in a candid manner”, he said slating to the Pakistan Foreign Minister’s recent visit to China last week.
After India revoked Article 370 last week, China had issued two separate statements outlining its position on Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. In one statement, China objected to the formation of Ladakh as a Union Territory by India, saying it undermined its territorial sovereignty. It further expressed serious concern about the current situation in the region and said that relevant sides needed to exercise restraint and act prudently.
"Regarding recent tensions between India and Pakistan, we made clear China's concerns. On issues revolving on China's sovereignty and vital interests, we also stated China's principled position. We are of the view that we have to abide by the UN charter, respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, to properly address relevant disputes through dialogue”, he said.
"When it comes to the recent tensions between India and Pakistan and the possible ramifications, we follow these developments very closely. We hope that India would also play a constructive role for the regional peace and stability," Wang added.
Signing off over the boundary issue, he said, "We will continue to utilise the special representatives' mechanism over the boundary questions, to seek early harvest in the boundary negotiations, the confidence building measures at the border areas and related cooperation to maintain peace".
The two ministers earlier held the second meeting of the high-level mechanism on cultural and people-to-people exchanges in which over dozen top officials representing various departments of the government took part.