S Jaishankar meets China’s foreign minister Wang Yi, says- Bilateral differences should not become disputes

Beijing: India on Monday told China that it is important to ensure that any bilateral differences should not become disputes, as Beijing said it is very closely following the Indo-Pak tensions over Kashmir and its ramifications and asked New Delhi to play a constructive role for regional peace and stability.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a crucial three-day visit to China, called on Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, considered a confidant of President Xi Jinping, and later had a restricted delegation-level talk with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Welcoming Jaishankar, Foreign Minister Wang referred to the Indo-Pak tensions without directly mentioning about India scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

“Based on 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.

“When it comes to the recent tensions between India and Pakistan and the possible ramifications, we follow these developments very closely. We hope that India would also play a constructive role for the regional peace and stability,” Wang said.

The visit of Jaishankar, the first Indian minister to tour China after the Modi government began its second term, is taking place following India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two Union Territories -Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

His visit was finalised much before India’s move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Jaishankar’s visit comes days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi travelled to Beijing on August 9 to seek China’s support for his country’s attempts to take India’s move to revoke special status to Kashmir to the UN Security Council.