Union External Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid paid an official visit to the People’s Republic of China from 9 to 10 May 2013 at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi. Both countries signed a new protocol to enhance cooperation between their foreign ministries, while working on a mechanism to step up coordination for providing timely information to the media.
The protocol that was signed by Salman Khurshid and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on 9 May 2013 was essentially an upgradation of a similar protocol signed in 2006. The 2006 protocol the two countries listed various new dialogue mechanisms that has been in existence between the two sides, since then.
Discussions over bilateral, regional and global issues of concern were discussed by the two sides during the visit of Salman Khurshid to China. The two countries reviewed the fallout of the recent stand-off in the Depsang Valley in Daulat Beig Oldi sector of Ladakh. The two sides also tried to make existing mechanisms more effective to respond with greater urgency in dealing with border violations and recent episode on the border on the Line of Actual Control, LAC was also discussed. The two sides also discussed upon the Visit of the Chinese Premier to India.
The two day visit of the Union Foreign Minister to China took place in May 2013 amid the de facto border tensions in the western side of the Himalayas and just before the scheduled visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to India. Few days, back India asked the China to withdraw its troops from the border area of the Daulat Beig Oldi Sector of Ladakh after their 19 kilometers of incursion and camping over there.
The rivalry between the two nations was termed as the Dragon-Elephant rivalry, but apart from the rivalry between the two, both the nations have been advocating for the rights and interests of the developing nations since decades. Earlier the new Chinese Premier after his appointment to the office also declared that he respects the Chinese ties with India and will work forward to strengthen the same.
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