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Aug 12, 2019

India, China agree to further strengthen people-to-people ties

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing this afternoon. They discussed the full gamut of issues relating to the international situation, regional aspects and the bilateral relations including the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India for the 2nd Informal Summit later this year. 

During the meeting, the Chinese Foreign Minister brought up developments pertaining to legislation passed recently by Parliament on Jammu and Kashmir. Dr Jaishankar conveyed that this was an internal matter for India. He said, the issue related to changes in a temporary provision of the Constitution of India and was the sole prerogative of the country. An official release said he highlighted that the legislative measures were aimed at promoting better governance and socio-economic development and added that there was no implication for either the external boundaries of India or the Line of Actual Control with China. He said that India was not raising any additional territorial claims and Chinese concerns in this regard are therefore misplaced. The External Affairs Minister also conveyed that so far as the India China boundary question is concerned, the two sides had agreed to a fair, reasonable and mutually acceptable settlement of the Boundary Question on the basis of the 2005 Political Parameters and Guiding Principles.

The External Affairs Minister also stressed that the future of the India-China relationship will depend on mutual sensitivity to each other’s core concerns. He said, it is natural that there would be issues in the ties and properly managing differences is therefore vital. 

An official release said, the two countries agreed that maintenance of peace and tranquility in border areas was essential for smooth development of relations. For this, the two armed forces had enhanced communication and were implementing various confidence building measures. The economic relationship had seen some progress but the increasing trade deficit was a matter of concern. It was emphasised in the meeting that the Chinese side should take steps to address this issue including by enabling greater access for India's pharmaceutical and IT products and services in the domestic Chinese market.

Four MoUs were signed on the occasion in various fields including traditional medicine, and sports. Earlier today, the External Affairs Minister met Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan. They discussed the evolving global situation and the larger rebalancing that reflects the rise of India and China as two large developing countries.

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