External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a long telephonic conversation with his counterpart in China Wang Yi on Friday in a move to improve the bilateral ties between the two neighbors.
India said that the only way to achieve better bilateral ties with China is through peace and tranquility at the border, and the path to normalcy will come only after disengagement and de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
China also put out its version of the telephonic discussion between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and Wang Yi.
During the discussion, the external Affairs Minister Mr. Jaishankar presented his views on the obstacles to revive normalcy and resumption of bilateral ties to Wang Yi. He also highlighted the steps needed to turn back the clock.
The conversation, which lasted for more than an hour, had the two ministers deliberate on a few points regarding the disengagement of the armies near Pangong Tso to other friction points in the East Ladakh sector. They both agreed that prolonged conflict along the borders is detrimental to both the countries and doesn’t serve the purpose for either China or India.
In fact, Jaishankar was blunt and outright in his message that emphasized disengagement and de-escalation was the only way out.
“Normalcy and a border dispute cannot run in parallel as Beijing wants,” said a senior South Block official. “China has not told India why it attempted to change the status quo at Pangong Tso in May 2020 and why it withdrew 10 months later,” he said.
Jaishankar, the official said, presented his diagnosis of the hurdles to the normal resumption of bilateral ties in his conversation with Wang, and the steps needed to turn back the clock.
Jaishankar said the bilateral relations between the two nations is already poor due to China’s unilateral attempts to alter the status quo at the border. It is highlighted in the readout of the phone conversation by the Indian side.
Soon after the Chinese foreign ministry published its version of the phone conversation with Mr. Jaikishan, India also issued a statement on Friday which quoted the External Minister stressing the importance of disengagement along the borders as quickly as possible. It is important to disengage from other friction points, said the statement.