EAM Jaishankar holds bilateral talks with Chinese, Russian counterparts on sidelines of SCO meet

Jaishankar holds bilateral talks with China, Russia
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SCO meeting: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday (May 4) held bilateral talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Goa on the sidelines of the Council of Foreign Ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Chinese and Russian foreign ministers are in Goa to participate in a two-day meeting of foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, which gets underway in the coastal state today.

meeting with china

The meeting with Jaishankar and the gang lasted for about an hour and 20 minutes. The meeting focused on addressing the border row along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The discussion took place on the sidelines of the SCO meeting amid the ongoing border dispute in eastern Ladakh for three years.

After the meeting, the External Affairs Minister said in a tweet that the discussion with the Chinese counterpart was focused on resolving outstanding issues and ensuring peace and tranquility in the border areas. “Had a detailed discussion with State Councilor and FM Qin Gang of China on our bilateral relations. Focused on resolving outstanding issues and ensuring peace and tranquility in border areas. Also discussed SCO, G20 and BRICS,” he tweeted. “

‘Second meeting in two months’

This was the second meeting between Jaishankar and the gang in the last two months. The Chinese Foreign Minister visited India in March to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting. On the sidelines of the meeting, Jaishankar held talks with Qin, during which he told his Chinese counterpart that the situation in India-China relations is “abnormal” due to the long-running border dispute in eastern Ladakh.

Last week, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Shangfu ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in the national capital. This was the first time that the defense ministers of the two countries held bilateral talks since the Galwan Valley standoff in 2020.

‘The whole basis of bilateral relations ended due to violation of existing agreements’

Singh told his Chinese counterpart in a meeting that China’s violations of existing boundary agreements have “undermined” the entire basis of relations between the two countries and all boundary-related issues should be resolved as per the existing agreements. The meeting on 27 April took place on the sidelines of a conference of SCO Defense Ministers in New Delhi.

India and China Relations

Relations between India and China took a turn for the worse in June 2020 after the fierce clashes in the Galwan Valley, which marked the most serious military conflict between the two sides in decades. Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff at some friction points along the LAC in eastern Ladakh for the past three years, though they disengaged at several places after a series of military and diplomatic talks. India has maintained that the relationship between the two countries should be based on “three mutualities” – mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests.

The standoff on the eastern Ladakh border started on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake area. As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process in 2021 on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area.

meeting with russia

Jaishankar held wide-ranging talks with his Russian counterpart Lavrov on overall bilateral cooperation, Ukraine dispute and regional and global issues of mutual interest.

The Russian foreign minister landed in Goa this morning to attend the SCO summit, a day after Russia accused Ukraine of carrying out a drone strike on the Kremlin in a failed attempt to kill President Vladimir Putin.

Jaishankar and Lavrov reviewed the overall trajectory of bilateral ties against the backdrop of global geopolitical turmoil, people familiar with the matter said. There is no clarity yet on whether trade-related issues figured in the talks.

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In a tweet, Jaishankar said, “Comprehensively reviewed our bilateral, global and multilateral cooperation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Appreciated Russia’s support for India’s SCO Presidency. Also discussed issues related to G20 and BRICS.” Did.”

India’s trade deficit with Russia

India has been pressing Russia to immediately address the trade imbalance that has been in favor of Moscow. India’s trade deficit with Russia had widened in the last few months after it bought large quantities of subsidized crude oil from that country in the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis. SCO is an influential economic and security bloc and has emerged as one of the largest intra-regional international organizations. India has not yet condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine and is pushing for a resolution of the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.

About SCO Summit

The SCO was founded in 2001 at a summit in Shanghai by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017. India was made an observer at the SCO in 2005 and has generally participated in the grouping’s ministerial-level meetings, which mainly focus on security and economic cooperation in the Eurasian region.

India has shown keen interest in deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Framework (RATS), particularly on issues related to security and defence.

(With PTI inputs)

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