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Sen­si­tiv­ity to each other’s core con­cerns is key to In­dia-China ties: Jais­hankar

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The fu­ture of the In­dia-China re­la­tion­ship will de­pend on “mu­tual sen­si­tiv­ity” to each other’s core con­cerns, Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter S Jais­hankar said on Mon­day as he un­der­lined the need to “ex­ploit” the pos­i­tive out­comes of the Wuhan Sum­mit to take bi­lat­eral ties to a new level and build strong pub­lic sup­port in both so­ci­eties.

Ad­dress­ing the mem­bers of In­dian and Chi­nese del­e­ga­tions for the 2nd meet­ing of the In­dia-China High Level Mech­a­nism on Cul­tural and Peo­pleto-Peo­ple Ex­changes here, Jais­hankar said he had pos­i­tive meet­ings with the Chi­nese lead­er­ship on bi­lat­eral and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of com­mon concern.

With Chi­nese Vice-President Wang Qis­han, he said he dis­cussed the evolv­ing global sit­u­a­tion and the larger re-bal­anc­ing that re­flects the rise of In­dia and China as two large de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

He also said that he had de­tailed and pro­duc­tive dis­cus­sions with For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi.

“We dis­cussed the full gamut of is­sues re­lat­ing to views on the in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion, re­gional as­pects and our very im­por­tant bi­lat­eral re­la­tions,” Jais­hankar, who is here on a Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter S Jais­hankar with Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi in Bei­jing on Mon­day

three-day of­fi­cial visit, said.

“Our dis­cus­sions to­day were es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant as we pre­pare for President Xi Jin­ping’s

visit to In­dia for the 2nd In­for­mal Sum­mit later this year and celebratin­g the 70th An­niver­sary of es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions next year,” Jais­hankar, a for­mer In­dian am­bas­sador to China, said at the meet­ing held at the Diaoyu­tai State Guest House.

He said the Wuhan Sum­mit be­tween Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and President Xi in Wuhan in April last year had opened up a world of new con­ver­gences. Prime Min­is­ter Modi has in­vited President Xi for the 2nd in­for­mal sum­mit in In­dia.

“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.

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