Eastern Ladakh: Pull back troops from border for better ties, India tells China | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday discussed with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi India-China bilateral relations as well as disengagement in the border areas on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in Dushanbe.
During the meeting with his counterpart, Jaishankar emphasized on the importance of disengagement process between the two countries along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Jaishankar told Wang Yi that China and India should set an example for Asian solidarity.
“Met Chinese FM Wang Yi on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Dushanbe. Discussed disengagement in our border areas. Underlined that progress in this regard is essential for restoration of peace and tranquillity, which is the basis for development of bilateral ties,” tweeted Jaishankar.

The external affairs minister also emphasized that India does not subscribe to any clash of civilisations theory.
“It is also essential that China does not view its relations with India through the lens of a third country. As for Asian solidarity, it is for China and India to set an example,” he tweeted.
Jaishankar noted that since their last meeting on July 14, the two sides had made some progress in the resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in eastern Ladakh and had completed the disengagement in the Gogra area.
Jaishankar also met his counterparts from Iran, Armenia and Uzbekistan and reviewed the recent developments in Afghanistan, confronting regional challenges and the ways to boost bilateral ties.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Plenary Session of the 21st meeting of SCO Council of Heads of State. In the virtual address at the annual SCO summit, Modi said the ‘root cause’ of the problems facing the region is increasing radicalisation and the developments in Afghanistan reflected the challenge.
The SCO, seen as a counterweight to Nato, is an eight-member economic and security bloc and has emerged as one of the largest transregional international organisations. India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.
The SCO was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
India was made an observer at the SCO in 2005 and has generally participated in the ministerial-level meetings of the grouping which focus mainly on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.

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