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Chinese Foreign Minister lands in Delhi amid some stalemate over Kashmir remark

S Jaishankar and had several rounds of talks with Wang Yi in Moscow and Dushanbe.

New Delhi:

China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, has landed in Delhi – the first high-level Chinese visit to India in more than two years since the start of the war in Ladakh. Sources said Wang Yi is expected to meet with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval tomorrow.

The purpose of Wang Yi’s visit is to resume physical involvement and also invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a BRICS meeting to be hosted by Beijing later this year, the news agency Press Trust of India reported.

Tensions over the visit continued until the last minute and there was no official confirmation of the visit, even when the Chinese minister landed in Delhi. The landing could only be confirmed by tracing the flight path of his plane, which took off from Afghanistan.

India-China relations took a downturn as Chinese invasions became more frequent in Ladakh and led to the clash in Galwan Valley in which 20 Indian and several Chinese soldiers died.

Repeated rounds of military-led talks have led to de-escalation – the two parties completed the decoupling process last year on the northern and southern shores of Lake Pangong and in the Gogra area. But there was no return to the status quo that prevailed before 2020.

On March 11, India and China held the 15th round of military dialogue to resolve the pending issues.

Mr Jaishankar had several rounds of talks with Wang Yi in Moscow and Dushanbe to defuse tensions.

In September 2020, they held extensive talks in Moscow on the sidelines of a conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization during which they reached a five-point agreement to resolve the border border in eastern Ladakh.

They also had a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of another SCO meeting in Tajik capital Dushanbe in July last year. Another meeting took place in Dushanbe in September.

The Chinese visit comes amid a new controversy over his statement about Kashmir at a program in Pakistan. New Delhi rejected the remarks, calling them “unsolicited” and underlining that Jammu and Kashmir are an internal matter of India and both Pakistan and China know this.

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