Wang Yi Meets with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of India

On June 4, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj of India on the sidelines of the Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in South Africa.

Wang Yi expressed that the informal meeting between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Wuhan in April was a complete success and had a far-reaching impact. The trust and friendship established between the leaders of the two countries have led all sectors of society in China and India to enhance mutual understanding and deepen exchanges and cooperation in various fields. The two countries should speed up the implementation of the consensus of the leaders' informal meeting, well plan high-level exchanges in the next stage, push forward various institutional arrangements between the two countries, and expand practical cooperation in all fields, in a bid to bring more benefits to the two peoples.

Wang Yi said that China and India share extensive common interests, and have far more consensus than differences. The cooperation between China and India will speed up the common development of the two countries, benefit the entire world, and make contributions to the progress of human civilization. To this end, both sides should always proceed from the overall situation of bilateral relations and the fundamental interests of the two peoples, and properly handle issues and differences by putting them in an appropriate position of bilateral relations, so that the partial interests would not influence the overall interests. Both sides should, in line with the consensus reached by the leaders of both countries, earnestly safeguard the peace and tranquility in the border areas and avoid taking actions that may complicate and aggravate the situation. Facing the international situation that is full of uncertainties, China and India, together with other parties, sent a clear and consistent signal of adhering to multilateralism, opposing protectionism and unilateralism, and safeguarding the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations at the just-concluded Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs, which reflects the general aspiration of the vast developing countries. China and India should enhance coordination to play constructive roles in promoting the forward-looking development of multilateral mechanisms such as BRICS cooperation and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Sushma Swaraj noted that the informal meeting of leaders of India and China in Wuhan enhanced mutual trust between the two countries, deepened bilateral cooperation and improved each other's comfort level, achieving an unprecedented success. The meeting has charted the course for the development of bilateral relations in the next stage, becoming an important milestone in bilateral relations. India is ready to work with China to well implement the consensus of the meeting. Differences between India and China are unavoidable, but they can be resolved by adhering to dialogue and consultation as long as both sides have the willingness. The Indian side thanks China's assistance in such aspects as Indian pilgrims' trip to Xi Zang and providing hydrologic data, and is willing to, together with China, make efforts to consolidate the public opinion foundation for the development of bilateral relations. India firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and will properly handle Taiwan question, Xi Zang-related issues and other issues concerning the core interests of China. As the two largest emerging markets and developing countries, India and China share a common position in such aspects as maintaining the international political and economic order and promoting the improvement of global governance. Both sides should further strengthen coordination and cooperation within multilateral mechanisms, so as to make contributions to safeguarding the common interests of developing countries.

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