State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar on February 25th.
Wang Yi said that the rights and wrongs of last year’s developments on the Sino-Indian border are very clear, and the lessons of the past should be learnt deeply. Recently, India’s policy towards China has regressed and practical cooperation between the two countries has been affected and disturbed, which is not in the interests of either side. Experience over the past decades has repeatedly shown that highlighting differences does not help solve problems and erodes the foundation of mutual trust.
Wang Yi said that the the situation on the ground in the Pangong Lake area has clearly eased with the completion of disengagement of Chinese and Indian frontline troops recently. The two sides must cherish the current hard-won situation, work together to consolidate the established achievements, maintain the momentum of consultations, further de-escalate the situation, improve the border control mechanism, promote the border negotiation process and continuously build mutual trust to achieve peace and tranquility in the border area.
Wang Yi said that China and India are both ancient civilizations and major emerging economies, and are at the same key historical stage of development and revitalization, and should make achievements for each other and illumine the path for each other. The continued downturn in relations between the two countries is an unnecessary drain and loss for both sides. We should adhere to the strategic consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and firmly follow the right path of mutual trust and cooperation between neighboring powers, and not take the wrong path of suspicion and mistrust, not to mention the negative and regressive path of turning back. The border issue should be dealt with properly to avoid a negative cycle in bilateral relations being set in motion in consequence. The border dispute is an objective reality and should be taken seriously, but the border issue is not the whole of China-India relations and should be placed in its proper place in bilateral relations. We should adhere to the general direction of the two emerging economies developing hand in hand, moving forward side by side instead of holding each other back, and cooperating in development instead of building high walls against each other. The two sides can move from easy to difficult aspects, step by step, to cumulatively create conditions for further improvement of relations and advancement of practical cooperation.
S. Jaishankar said that the recent disengagement between the two armies in the Pangong Lake area is an important outcome of both sides implementing the Moscow consensus between the two Foreign Ministers earnestly. The Indian side hopes to strengthen dialogue and consultation with the Chinese side to achieve full disengagement in other areas as soon as possible, further the continued cooling of the border situation between the two countries and maintain peace and tranquility in the border area. The Indian side is willing to implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries in the light of long term development of relations and the overall overall situation between the two countries and promote the return of bilateral relations to the right track as soon as possible.
The two sides agreed to establish a communication hotline to exchange views in a timely manner.
(Source CCTV )
(The Press Release of the Ministry of External Affairs of India on the telephone conversation can be seen here.)