External affairs minister S. Jaishankar reached Wuhan to meet his counterpart, Wang Yi. Both of them discussed their differences over the Kashmir issue and Jaishankar asked Beijing not to divert from the gains of the Wuhan informal summit and Astana consensus because of Kashmir issue. Wang Yi, on the other hand, asked New Delhi to build regional peace as soon as possible.
“On the basis of the five principles of peaceful co-existence, we can have mutually beneficial cooperation. This is in the fundamental interest and long term interest of our two peoples and also contribute to world peace and human progress,” Wang said.
“At the same time, China and India as two big nations, also have important responsibilities for upholding the regional peace and stability,” he said.
Mr. Wang also said, “When it comes to the regional tensions between India and Pakistan and possible ramifications, we follow these developments very closely. We hope that India would also play a constructive role in regional peace and stability.”
His statement came after his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who immediately went to Beijing on August 5 after India revoked the special status from Jammu & Kashmir.
This is the first visit to China from an Indian minister since the Modi government began its second term. S. Jaishankar main purpose for this visit is finalizing arrangements for President Xi’s visit to India later this year for a second informal summit with Indian PM Narendra Modi.