Differences shouldn’t become disputes: India to China
Jaishankar's visit to China is happening soon after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi travelled to Beijing on August 9 to ask for China's support to build pressure on India on the Kashmir issue
Bilateral Differences, if any, should not become disputes, is India’s message to Chia. The Indian Foreign Minister began his three day visit to Beijing on Monday.
External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Beijing: ......and to ensure that it was important that differences between us, if any, should not become disputes. (2/2) https://t.co/xefmLIwdAV— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2019
The visit of S Jaishankar, the first Indian minister to tour China after the Modi government’s re-election is happening soon after Indian government decided to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Beijing responded saying that it is "very closely" following the Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir. The Chinese Foreign Minister referred to the Indo-Pak tensions without directly mentioning the scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
News agency PTI reports from Beijing that India told China that it is important to ensure that any bilateral differences should not become disputes. Jaishankar conveyed this during his meeting with Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan today. Vice President Wang is considered a confidant of President Xi Jinping. Jaishankar later also had a delegation-level talk with the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
“India-China relationship has a very unique place in global politics…to ensure that, it was important that differences between us, if any, should not become disputes. It was a matter of great satisfaction that at the Wuhan summit last year, there was very deep, constructive and open exchange of views between our leaders. We have seen the impact of that on the bilateral relations since," Jaishankar said.
The Indian minister said that India and China have been sensitive to each other's core concerns and have managed differences properly by working on the positive convergences that they have on the relationship.
Jaishankar served as India's Ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013.
"On the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence, we can have mutually beneficial cooperation. This is in the fundamental interest and long term interest of our two peoples and will also contribute to world peace and human progress. At the same time, China and India as two big nations, also have important responsibilities for upholding the regional peace and stability," Wang said in his address.
“When it comes to the recent tensions between India and Pakistan and the possible ramifications, we follow these developments very closely. We hope that India would also play a constructive role for the regional peace and stability," he added.
Jaishankar's three-day visit to China is happening soon after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi travelled to Beijing on August 9 to ask for China's support to build pressure on India on the Kashmir issue in the UN Security Council. Jaishankar's visit was finalised before the Kashmir move by India and is largely for making arrangements for President Xi's visit to India later this year for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.