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Border issues dominate, EAM Jaishankar holds meet with Chinese counterpart in Astana

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India's External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishanka

India's External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held a meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of SCO meeting in Astana of Kazakhstan. Jaishankar confirmed what many analysts suspected, that border issues have to be sorted to the satisfaction of Indian side before any meaningful progress in bilateral ties.

The meeting assumes significance in that this comes after India allowed a huge Congressional delegation to meet Tibetan spiritual guru Dalai Lama in Dharamshala. Tibet was fanned as an issue that China needs to settle, it emerged. 

Jaishankar wrote on X, "Discussed early resolution of remaining issues in border areas. Agreed to redouble efforts through diplomatic and military channels to that end.

Respecting the LAC and ensuring peace and tranquility in the border areas is essential. The three mutuals - mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interest - will guide our bilateral ties".

Jaishankar's post reveals that India would not budge from its stance of resolving border issues first and would not consider any seriousness of ties with China. It is widely being debated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to skip the SCO meeting, where China and Pakistan are in attendance, but is headed to Russia to deepen ties.