S Jaishankar To Meet His Chinese Counterpart In SCO Meet Today

Jaishankar had made it clear last week that “what happens at the border will impact the (Sino-Indian) relationship”.

At a bilateral meeting on Thursday, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers meeting in Moscow, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is expected to clearly tell his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi that peace on the borders is closely linked to development of bilateral ties between the two Asian giants and that China must de-escalate by dis-engaging its troops to restore the April status quo in the Ladakh sector, Deccan Chronicle reported.

This comes after some news agency reports from Beijing cited Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying there would be a Russia-India-China (RIC) trilateral foreign ministers’ luncheon meeting in the Russian Capital on Thursday. Observers see this as an effort by a worried Russia to encourage and persuade both Asian neighbours to reach a compromise and avoid a devastating war in the Ladakh sector.

Jaishankar had made it clear last week that “what happens at the border will impact the (Sino-Indian) relationship”.

He had also described the situation in eastern Ladakh as “very serious” and said it calls for “very, very deep conversation” between the two sides at a political level.

The recent incident in eastern Ladakh took place three days after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe met on the sidelines of another SCO meet in Moscow last Friday. Reportedly, Rajnath Singh told his counterpart that attempts by Chinese troops to unilaterally alter status quo along the LAC was in violation of bilateral agreements and Beijing should work with New Delhi for complete disengagement from all friction areas including Pangong Tso.

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