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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Indian Ambassador to China Pradeep Kumar Rawat that the two sides “should meet halfway to put bilateral relations back on the path of stable and healthy development.”

Wang met Rawat on Wednesday, ahead of Thursday’s virtual BRICS summit hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Alongside Xi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are expected to join the two-day talks.

Wang said the common interests of China and India far outweigh their differences, adding that the two sides should support each other rather than undermine each other, enhance cooperation rather than protect each other. against each other and build mutual trust rather than distrust of each other. He called on the two sides to adhere to the important strategic consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, insist on placing the border issue in an appropriate position within bilateral relations, and seek solutions through dialogue and consultation.

The meeting is significant as it took place amid the cooling of bilateral relations during the two-year military stalemate in eastern Ladakh. Following military-level talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area. India has always maintained that peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is essential for the overall development of bilateral relations.

-with PTI inputs