While China’s close military ties with India’s arch-rival Pakistan have been a source of tension, Mr. Jaishankar said India-China relations should be seen in bilateral terms.
India has told China that their bilateral relations will only develop when both countries pull their troops back from a deadly confrontation on their disputed Himalayan border, the Indian foreign minister said.
When Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on the sidelines of a regional conference in Dushanbe on September 16, he discussed the possibility of both sides withdrawing from their high-altitude standoff.
“We talked about disengagement in our border areas. It was emphasised that progress in this area is critical for the restoration of peace and tranquillity, which is the foundation for the development of bilateral ties “Mr. Jaishankar stated this on Twitter.
Thousands of Indian and Chinese soldiers have been fighting in the western Himalayas since last year, when a decades-old border dispute erupted.
In June of last year, tensions erupted into hand-to-hand combat, resulting in the first deaths on both sides in decades.
Following several rounds of negotiations between their commanders, their forces have withdrawn from some sections of the border, including the Pangong Tso lake. In other sectors, however, troops backed by artillery remain entrenched in close proximity.
In 1962, India and China went to war over their border, and the conflict has never been resolved. Nonetheless, trade ties have grown in recent years.
Mr. Jaishankar also stated that he and Mr. Yi discussed recent global events. He didn’t go into specifics.
While China’s close military ties with India’s archrival Pakistan have been a source of contention, Mr. Jaishankar stated that India-China relations should be viewed bilaterally.
“It is also critical that China does not see its relations with India through the eyes of a third country,” he told Mr. Yi.
The two top officials are in Dushanbe for a Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are scheduled to speak at the gathering later that day via video link.