External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday met with outgoing Chinese envoy to India Sun Weidong and stressed that peace and tranquility in border areas are key to maintaining bilateral relations.
In his farewell speech on Tuesday, the Chinese envoy stressed the need to resolve differences between India and China and uphold the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs.
“We must be aware that the common interests of the two countries are more important than the differences,” Sun said.
“Received Ambassador Sun Weidong of China for a farewell call. He stressed that the development of Indo-China relations is guided by the 3 mutuals. Peace and tranquility in border areas are essential,” tweeted Jaishankar after meeting Ambassador Sun.
“Normalizing India-China relations is in the interests of both countries, Asia and the world at large,” he said in another tweet.
Sun, who took office in July 2019, leaves at a time when the two sides are trying to manage relations, following the 2020 border clash which has remained the dominant issue between the neighbors.
“There is enough room in the world for China and India to develop together, and two countries and people must have enough wisdom to find a way to live in peace and achieve win-win cooperation between both major neighboring and emerging countries,” the Chinese envoy said in remarks posted on the Chinese Embassy’s website.
“…both sides should strive to manage and resolve differences, and seek an appropriate solution through dialogue and consultation, instead of defining China-India relations by differences. The two countries should respect each other’s political systems and development paths, and uphold the principle of non-interference in each other’s internal affairs,” he said.
The Chinese envoy said India and China should get out of the “geopolitical trap” and find a new path different from the past.
Since April 2020, India and China have held several rounds of diplomatic and military meetings on the situation along the Line of Effective Control (LAC), in the border areas between India and China.
India has repeatedly stressed that relations between India and China cannot be normal until the border situation is resolved and added that if China disturbs peace and tranquility in the border areas , this will have an additional impact on relationships.
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