India and China on 22 February 2017 held their first upgraded strategy dialogue in Beijing to sustain their bilateral ties.
The talk happened amidst rising tensions between the two countries over Beijing’s reluctance to support India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group and blocking UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar.
The dialogue was opened by the remarks of the Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar who said that the relations between the two countries have really acquired a steady momentum over the years.
He further said that not only have both the countries been engaging in leadership level meetings regularly but their economic engagement is also growing steadily. He also acknowledged how the border areas of both the countries have managed to maintain peace and tranquillity
Referring to the differences shared by both the countries, Jaishankar said there are natural issues which neighbours have and it is the responsibility of both the countries to address them.
The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, while welcoming Jaishankar spoke about how India and China have become two major developing countries and emerging markets in the world. He also highlighted the need to hold such high-level talks about critical issues on a more frequent note saying that such meetings form a good foundation for successful strategic dialogue.
Wang further added that by raising the level of the strategic dialogue, the two sides will be able to enhance their strategic communication and thereby reduce misunderstanding and build a more trust-base relationship and deepen strategic cooperation. This in turn according to him would help both the countries tap into the great potential of their bilateral relations and live up to their responsibilities and maintain regional stability.
The dialogue was attended by several top officials from both sides including those in-charge of nuclear disarmament issues, indicating a discussion on India’s bid to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).