On July 14, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Indian Foreign Minister S.Jaishankar in Dushanbe.
Wang Yi said that since the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries in Moscow last September, the front-line troops of the two militaries have disengaged in the Galwan Valley and Pangong Lake areas, and the situation in the Sino-Indian border areas has generally tended to ease. At the same time, Sino-Indian relations are still at a low level, which is not in the interests of any party. The essence of China-India relations is how two large neighboring developing countries view each other, how to live in harmony and how to succeed together. China’s strategic judgment on China-India relations remains unchanged. The orientation of China-India relations should still be non-threatening and such as to provide development opportunities for each other. The two countries are partners, not opponents/rivals, much less enemies. The principle of China-India relations should still be mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, and mutual respect for each other’s core interests. The China-India interaction model should still be one that takes cooperation as the main current, complements each other in a mutually beneficial manner, (engages in) healthy competition and avoids confrontation. At present, both China and India shoulder more important responsibilities for peace and prosperity in their respective regions and the world. They should pay more attention to the common strategic interests of both sides to better benefit the two peoples.
Wang Yi pointed out that the facts on the border between China and India last year are clear, and China is not responsible. China is ready to find a solution acceptable to both sides on issues that require emergency response. The two sides should put the border issue in an appropriate place in their bilateral relations, and expand the positive momentum of bilateral cooperation so as to create favorable conditions for resolution of differences through negotiations. It is necessary to consolidate the results of the disengagement that have been achieved, strictly abide by the agreement and common understanding negotiated by the two parties for (establishing) peace and refrain from taking any unilateral actions in sensitive and contested areas, so as to avoid any recurrence of situations arising from misunderstanding and misjudgement. It is necessary to take a long-term perspective, and gradually shift from emergency response to normalized management and control to prevent border-related incidents from causing unnecessary interruptions in bilateral relations.
Jaishankar agreed with Wang Yi’s basic judgment on China-India relations, saying that as two major developing countries, the two sides have a lot in common and should strengthen cooperation in different areas. The Indian side has not, and does not want to, change(d) its strategic judgment on India-China relations, and is willing to work with China to extricate bilateral relations out of the trough. India and China should find a solution to the border issue that is in the interests of both parties through dialogue and consultation, and at the same time, they should ensure that they do not take unilateral actions to avoid complicating the situation. The Indian side thanked China for its support to India’s holding of the BRICS event.
Both sides believe that relations between the two countries should be extricated out of the low-level situation they are currently mired in as soon as possible to achieve healthy and stable development. Both sides encourage the use of existing mechanisms to strengthen consultations on border affairs between the two countries, consolidate the results achieved, and at the same time strive to shift from emergency response to normalized management and control, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area.
(The full text of the Press Release of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on the meeting can be seen here.)
(The English version of the read out on the MOFA site is as below — the above is a translation of the version on the MOFA website in Chinese that was put out first, before the English version. The more notable differences, beyond language style, are highlighted below through strike-out and italic fonts — strike-outs for words/phrases not found in the Chinese version but added in the English version and italics font for those in the Chinese version dropped out of the English one.)
On July 14, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Dushanbe.
Wang Yi said that after the two foreign ministers’ meeting in Moscow in September last year, the frontier troops of both countries disengaged in the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Lake areas, and the overall situation in the border area was de-escalated. Meanwhile, China-India relations still stay at a low level, which is not in the interest of either side. The
nature essence of China-India relations is how two adjacent developing countries look at each other, co-exist in harmony and help each other succeed. China’s strategic assessment of China-India relations has not changed. The orientation of China and India relations should be such as to pose no threat but offer development opportunities to each other. The two countries are partners rather than rivals or enemies. The principles of China-India relations should still be mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, and mutual respect for each other’s core interests. The interaction between the two countries should still be seeking mutual benefits and complementarity, pursuing healthy competition and avoiding confrontation, with cooperation as the main theme. Both China and India now shoulder greater responsibilities for their own regions as well as world peace and prosperity, and should pay more attention to the common strategic interests of both sides and bring more benefits to the two peoples.
Wang Yi pointed out that the rights and wrongs of what happened in the China-India border area last year are
very clear and the responsibility does not lie with the Chinese side. China is ready to find a solution acceptable to both sides on the issue that needs emergency response through negotiation and consultation. The two sides must place the border issue in an appropriate position in bilateral relations, expand the positive momentum of bilateral cooperation and so as to create favorable conditions for resolving differences through negotiation. We must consolidate the results of disengagement that have been achieved, strictly abide by the agreement and common understanding of the two sides, and refrain from taking unilateral actions in sensitive and controversial areas, in order to avoid any recurrence of tensions due to situations arising from misunderstanding and miscalculation. We must take a long-term perspective and gradually move from emergency response toward regular management and control, to avoid unnecessary interruptions of border-related issues to China-India relations.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar agreed with Wang Yi’s
general basic assessment of China-India relations and said as two major developing countries, India and China have a lot in common and should enhance cooperation in various areas. India has not changed and does not want to change the strategic assessment of India-China relations. India is willing to work with China to push bilateral relations out of a slump. India and China must find a solution to the border issue that is in the interest of both sides through dialogue and consultation and at the same time make sure not to take unilateral actions to prevent the situation from getting complicated. The Indian side thanks China for its support for the BRICS activities hosted by India.
Both sides believe the two countries must lift bilateral relations out of the low level and achieve healthy and stable development. The two sides encourage strengthening consultations on the border
issue affairs through the existing mechanism to consolidate the achieved results, and working towards turning emergency response to regular management and control to jointly safeguard the peace and tranquility of the border area.
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