Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits India

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The Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi reached India on 25 March 2022, He is the most senior Chinese official to visit India after the border clash in Galwan, Ladakh  which led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers and 4 Chinese soldiers in June  2020.  Since the Galwan clash, troops of both countries have been deployed on the Line of Actual control along the border.

  • Wang Yi came to  India after his visit to Pakistan, Afghanistan and he will also visit Nepal from India.  

  • India sharply criticised Wang's comment in the Organisation of Islamic States foreign ministers meeting held in Islamabad, where he supported Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir.  

  • Wang last visited India for the Special Representative-level border talks with  his Indian counterpart Ajit Kumar Doval in December 2019. 

  • The visit of Wang Yi is seen as an attempt by the Chinese leadership  to ensure the participation of  Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the forthcoming BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China , South Africa) summit to be held in China in 2022. 

  • Also both countries are close to Russia and there is pressure on both the countries from western countries to isolate Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.

  • Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar  has  identified three “mutuals' ' to normalise the strained ties between India and China. Three  “mutuals” are  mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests. 

  •  The Chinese  by supporting Pakistan on Kashmir issue  and its deployment of troops along the borders with India is seen by India as going against the three “mutuals” identified by S. Jaishankar.

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