Chinese Foreign Minister visits India to discuss Ukraine — Analysis

It’s the first high-level meeting held between the two countries since tensions increased in 2020 over a border conflict

On Thursday, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, arrived in New Delhi for a visit to India. Subrahmanyam jaishankar is his Indian counterpart, as announced by the Indian foreign ministry. It is the first time a top-ranking Chinese official has visited India since clashes at Ladakh border in 2020.

According to Reuters, Wang Yi had previously met with Ajit Doval (India’s National Security Adviser), according to Reuters. China and India kept their visit secret until Ajit Doval, the Indian National Security Adviser, arrived in New Delhi late Thursday evening.

These talks are set to take place on Friday. They will be about border tensions between India and China, as well Russia’s military attack in Ukraine. Both sides have so far resisted the west’s pressure to condemn and sanction Russia, but maintained trade relations.

The two countries have called upon Russia to end hostilities, and to seek a diplomatic solution. India is still buying Russian oil, and they are currently discussing how to change to a rupee/rouble trading mechanism. This would allow the sides to trade in the dollar or euro, and not Russia. China has repeatedly denounced unilateral sanctions on Moscow, protesting against Russia’s exclusion from the G20.

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After a clash at their Himalayan border, in June 2020 in which 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese were killed in Ladakh, relations between China-India began to decline.

“Few would have anticipated … the turn that India’s relations with China have taken in the last two years,” Indian Foreign Minister said on Thursday, stressing the importance of coordination on defense and foreign policies matters between the two countries. India is expected to push for the complete withdrawal of all troops from the region in the Friday talks.

This week the Chinese foreign minister visited Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nepal. He is now planning to extend his South Asia trip by going to Nepal. In Pakistan, Wang Yi said that “China also shares this hope” as its Islamic colleagues regarding the status of Indian Kashmir province, who advocate for the province’s “iThe inalienable right of self-determination“. Some Indian officials expressed anger at his remarks before his visit. The Muslim majority region is controlled by India as well as Pakistan and considered to be a disputed territory. India has been fighting armed rebels there for over a decade.

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