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Ajit Doval and Yang Jiechi, the national security advisers of India and China, respectively, have known each other for a long time and share a bonhomie of sorts.
India says Pakistan ‘deliberately’ showed the ‘illegal’ map as its backdrop in the virtual meeting, in blatant disregard of host Russia’s advisory.
Zalmay Khalilzad had last visited India in May to update New Delhi on Taliban peace talks. His Tuesday visit comes amid intra-Afghan talks going on in Doha.
New Delhi has not ruled out the option of holding another ‘follow-up’ virtual meeting of the SRs, picking up from what they had discussed on 5 July.
China Study Group, founded in 1975 under K.R. Narayanan, is playing a key role as India and China talk about disengagement in Ladakh.
MEA also said during talks between Ajit Doval & Wang Yi, the NSA categorically conveyed India’s position on the recent developments along LAC, including in Galwan Valley area.
India feels border agreements signed with China between 1993 & 2013 can help avoid repeated skirmishes of the kind witnessed at Doklam in 2017 and in Ladakh since May.
China is disengaging from the LAC, and also taking back the message that India has far more friends in the world today. The last 24 hours have truly been PM Modi’s.
A Chinese press release said that Foreign Minister Wang emphasised that said for both China and India, achieving development and revitalisation is the top priority.
MEA statement says both sides have re-affirmed they should strictly respect & observe the LAC, and not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo.