The Hindu Business Line
Sensitivity to each other’s core concerns is key to India-China ties: Jaishankar
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.