India’s common interests far outweigh differences, Wang Yi told the envoy

India’s common interests far outweigh their differences, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Indian Ambassador to China Pradeep Kumar Rawat on Wednesday.

Wang Yi met Ambassador Rawat, who took charge of India’s top office in Beijing in March this year.

The Chinese foreign minister said the two sides should support each other instead of undermining each other, strengthen cooperation instead of protecting each other, and enhance mutual trust instead of being suspicious of each other, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Both sides should meet halfway to put bilateral relations back on the path of stable and healthy development early on.

China’s top diplomat said the two sides should jointly address various global challenges and protect the common interests of the two countries and the vast number of developing countries.

He urged both sides to stick to the important strategic consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, to insist that the border issue has an appropriate place in the bilateral relationship, and to find solutions through dialogue and consultation to search.

China and India should also make full use of their traditional advantages in people-to-people and cultural exchanges, continuously expand mutually beneficial cooperation and work together to create a better future for mankind, he added.

India’s relations with China deteriorated after the Chinese side made several unilateral attempts to change the status quo along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector in April-May 2020. These actions seriously disturbed the peace and tranquility along the LAC in the West Sector.

After several rounds of talks, the two sides have agreed to settle their differences and not allow differences to become disputes on any issue. In addition, both sides agreed that until the border issue is finally settled, maintaining peace and tranquility in the border areas is an essential basis for the overall development of bilateral relations.

The talks between Wang Yi and Ambassador Rawat took place on the same day as Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the BRICS Business Forum virtually.

The Prime Minister on Wednesday underscored the key role of the BRICS nations amid global focus on the post-Covid recovery.

“BRICS was founded on the belief that this group of emerging economies could become the engines of global growth. Today, as the world focuses on the post-Covid recovery, the role of the BRICS countries will be very important,” PM Modi said in a recorded keynote speech.

Noting that India expects growth of 7.5 percent this year, the Prime Minister added that transformative changes are taking place in every sector of the burgeoning New India.

He will attend the 14th BRICS Summit virtually on June 23-24.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard contributors; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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