Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Doklam standoff had put severe pressure on the India-China ties, at their meeting in New Delhi. Although the issue was resolved through diplomatic means tensions still linger.
The bilateral ties went through a serious test after Indian border troops “illegally trespassed” into the Chinese territory in June, Wang told Swaraj on Monday.
The Chinese foreign minister was in New Delhi to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) Foreign Ministers’ meeting.
Wang said that the India-China relations are at a crucial period. The most important thing between the two countries is to cultivate mutual trust.
Leaders from both countries have shared the view that China and India should regard each other’s development as opportunities rather than challenges. The two countries are partners rather than rivals, thus the two sides should sincerely implement the consensus reached by the leaders.
Wang’s visit to New Delhi is the first by a top Chinese official to India after the 73-day Doklam standoff. It was after the commencement of the second five-year term of President Xi Jingpin.
The Doklam standoff ended on August 28 after Chinese troops stopped building a key road close to India’s ‘Chicken Neck’ corridor. India had objected to the construction highlighting its security concerns. The road was being built by China in an area also claimed by Bhutan.