China’s top diplomat urges stable ties with India



China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has urged the Indian counterpart that bilateral ties need to be stabilised to ease simmering military tensions along their vast border.

According to a readout from the Chinese foreign ministry, on the sidelines of ASEAN meetings in Jakarta, Wang told Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar that mutual support between the two nations is needed instead of suspicion.

India and China share a 3,800-km border and fought a brief but bloody war over it in 1962.

China and India need to work in the same direction to find a solution to border issues acceptable to both sides, Wang told Jaishankar during their meeting on Friday. “The two sides should support each other and accomplish things together, rather than wear each other down or suspect each other,” Wang said.The two sides agreed to hold the next round of military commander-level talks on border issues at an early date, the Chinese foreign ministry said.