New Delhi: External affairs minister S Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Indonesia and discussed “outstanding issues” related to the dragging military standoff in the Ladakh sector that has taken bilateral ties to an all-time low.
The two leaders held an hour-long meeting on the margins of a G20 foreign ministers’ meeting being hosted in Bali by Indonesia, the current president of the grouping of the world’s 20 largest economies.
“Began my day in Bali by meeting FM Wang Yi of China. The discussion lasted one hour,” Jaishankar tweeted. “Focused on specific outstanding issues in our bilateral relationship pertaining to the border situation. Also spoke about other matters including students and flights,” he said.
Jaishankar said he and Wang also had “shared perspectives on the international situation and its impact on the G20 deliberations”.
There was no immediate official readout on the meeting, the fourth between Jaishankar and Wang since the standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) began in April-May 2020.
A brutal clash at Galwan Valley in June 2020 resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese troops – the first fatalities at LAC in 45 years – and the two sides have currently arrayed about 50,000 troops, each, in the Ladakh sector.