In a crucial meeting between India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, and China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, grave concerns over the escalating tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of Ladakh were addressed. The meeting took place during the BRICS NSAs’ Meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. Doval expressed deep worries, stressing that the prolonged standoff since 2020 has severely eroded strategic trust and damaged the public and political foundation of the India-China relationship.
In an official statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday, the critical issues discussed during the bilateral meeting were highlighted. The National Security Advisor underscored the paramount importance of continued efforts to fully resolve the border situation and restore peace and tranquillity in the region. The aim is to remove obstacles that hinder the return to normalcy in the bilateral relationship. Both parties recognized that not only do India and China stand to gain from a stable relationship, but the entire region and the world also benefit from their cooperation and harmony.
Wang Yi, a Member of the Communist Party of China Political Bureau and Director of the Office of the CPC Foreign Affairs Commission, represented China during the meeting. His role in the country’s foreign affairs makes his involvement in discussions of this nature highly significant.
Earlier this month, India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, held a meeting with Wang Yi to address outstanding issues related to peace and tranquillity in the border areas. This meeting took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting in Jakarta, marking the first time the two diplomats engaged since Qin Gang became the Chinese foreign minister.
The prolonged military standoff between India and China in Ladakh has persisted for over three years, raising concerns about regional stability and security. With diplomatic dialogues in progress, the hope remains that both nations can find a common ground to ease tensions and foster peaceful coexistence.