India-China To Hold First Strategic Dialogue In Beijing

The first Strategic Dialogue between India and China was held in Beijing, capital of China to shore up bilateral ties. The meeting was co-chaired by India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and China’s Executive Vice Foreign minister Zhang Yesui. As India and China battle key differences over Jaish-E Mohammed terrorist Masood Azhar and India’s membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Tuesday held talks with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Beijing, ahead of a key strategic dialogue on Wednesday. This is the first strategic dialogue between the two nations.China has deputed the head of the influential CPC Committee of the Chinese Foreign Ministry for the talks. The Strategic Dialogue mechanism between both countries was agreed to during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to India in August 2016. In the first meeting, both countries discussed all issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional and international domain. They also discussed issues of mutual concern and interest including friction points. The dialogue strived to take a holistic view of the relations between the two countries. It also tried to an extent to accommodate each other’s concerns and interests. Interestingly, China’s top nuclear negotiator Wang Qun was also present at Wednesday’s dialogue. India’s entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group is among issues likely to be discussed. Our assessment coming in is that our bilateral relations have really acquired a very steady momentum over many years. Our leadership-level meetings have been taking place regularly and our economic engagement is growing. We are seeing cooperation on many international issues and our border areas have maintained peace and tranquility.

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