During the meeting with his counterpart, Jaishankar highlighted the importance of the process of disengagement between the two countries along the Royal Line of Control (ALC). Jaishankar told Wang Yi that China and India should be an example of Asian solidarity.
“I met Chinese FM Wang Yi on the sidelines of SCO Summit in Dushanbe. We discuss the disconnect in our border areas. He stressed that progress in this regard is essential for the restoration of peace and tranquility, which is the basis for the development of bilateral relations, “Jaishankar tweeted.
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The Foreign Minister also emphasized that India does not subscribe to any theory of the clash of civilizations.
“It is also essential that China does not view its relations with India through the lens of a third country. In terms of Asian solidarity, China and India must lead by example,” he tweeted.
Jaishankar noted that since their last meeting on July 14, the two sides had made some progress in solving the remaining problems along LAC in eastern Ladakh and had completed the disconnect in the Gogra area.
Jaishankar also met with his counterparts from Iran, Armenia and Uzbekistan and reviewed recent events in Afghanistan, addressing regional challenges and ways to boost bilateral ties.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the plenary session of the 21st meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State. In his virtual speech at the SCO annual summit, Modi said that the “root cause” of the problems facing the region is increasing radicalization and developments in Afghanistan reflect the challenge.
The SCO, seen as a counterweight to NATO, is an eight-member security and economic bloc and has grown into one of the largest international transregional organizations. India and Pakistan became 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 appointed as an observer to the SCO in 2005 and has generally participated in the grouping’s ministerial-level meetings, which mainly focus on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.