Foreign Minister Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang meet in Bali | India News

NEW DELHI: Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held an hour-long meeting in the Indonesian city of bali Thursday, focusing on the lingering border line in the east Ladakhthe question of the return of Indian students to China and the resumption of direct flights between the two countries.
The talks took place on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 foreign ministers.
Jaishankar tweeted that the talks focused on “specific outstanding issues” regarding the border situation, in an indirect reference to the more than two-year military stalemate along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the east of Ladakh.

“I started my day in Bali by meeting with FM Wang Yi from China. The discussion lasted an hour. It focused on specific outstanding issues in our bilateral relations regarding the border situation,” the foreign minister said. .
India has been pushing for a rapid disengagement of troops from all remaining flashpoints in eastern Ladakh to ensure de-escalation of the situation, saying peace and tranquility along the border are conditions. prerequisites for progress in global relations.
“Also talked about other issues including students and flights,” Jaishankar said.
Thousands of Indian students have been unable to return to China for more than two years due to Beijing’s Covid-19 restrictions. India has raised the issue with China on several occasions.
There have been discussions between the two parties on the resumption of direct flights but there has been no progress on the matter. Flight services have been suspended due to the pandemic.
It was the first meeting between the two foreign ministers since Wang’s visit to India on March 24-25.
In May, India and China held diplomatic talks on the border line and agreed to hold the next round of senior commanders’ meeting at an early date to achieve full disengagement from all sticking points in the east of Ladakh. However, the two sides have yet to decide. on the military talks.
The border clash between the Indian and Chinese military erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake areas.
The confrontation escalated after the Galwan Valley clashes on June 15 that year. Both sides have gradually reinforced their deployment by dispatching tens of thousands of soldiers as well as heavy weapons.
Following a series of military and diplomatic talks, the two sides completed the disengagement process last year on the northern and southern shores of Pangong Lake and in the Gogra area.
Each side currently has around 50,000 to 60,000 troops along the LAC in the sensitive area.

Shirlene J. Manley