New Delhi: Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar on Thursday held a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of a Southeast Asian conclave.
“Had a comprehensive discussion with FM Wang Yi. Looking forward to continuing it in Beijing," Jaishankar said in a Twitter post with a picture of the two shaking hands in Bangkok.
Jaishankar is to travel to China later this month to pave the way for a visit to India by Chinese president Xi Jinping in October. Xi’s visit is aimed at carrying forward a conversation with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi began last year in Wuhan. That meeting came months after the 73 day long India-China military standoff on Bhutan’s Doklam plateau with the two leaders issuing strategic guidance to their militaries to strengthen communication.
India and China have an unresolved border dispute, a legacy of their brief but bitter 1962 war. The Doklam standoff was seen as a result of the undemarcated border. Numerous rounds of talks have failed to yield results, though Indian diplomats point out that the two countries have not fired a single shot at each other for decades.
Besides Wang, Jaishankar also met the foreign ministers of Australia, Britain, Indonesia, New Zealand, Thailand and Japan among others.