Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar stated that the relationship between India and China could not be normal without resolving border tensions. Jaishankar made the statement in a news briefing after a talk with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, on Friday, March 25, in New Delhi.

Jaishankar told the reporters that he and Foreign Minister Wang Yi have been in touch over the past two years. The phone calls between the two ministers focused on border tensions between the two countries.

During Friday’s talks, Wang expressed China’s intention to restore normalcy with India, emphasizing the importance of China–India ties.

In this regard, Jaishankar said, “The frictions and tensions that arise from China’s deployments since April 2020 cannot be reconciled with a normal relationship between two neighbours.”

In addition, Jaishankar said that normalcy would “obviously require a restoration of peace and tranquillity,” adding, “If we are both committed to improving our ties, then this commitment must find full expression in ongoing disengagement talks.”

According to Jaishankar, relations between India and China will remain unresolved because “there are very large deployments in the border areas, which are violative of the 1993 and 1996 agreements, clearly the border area situation is not normal.”

The two leaders also talked about how their countries are dealing with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Jaishankar said, “Both of us agreed on the importance of an immediate ceasefire, as well as a return to diplomacy.”

The meeting between the two Foreign Ministers is the first high-level visit to India of a Chinese official since the Ladakh border conflict occurred in June 2020.

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