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‘Chinese FM to visit New Delhi tomorrow’

There's no clarity on Wang Yi's agenda during Indian visit

By News Report
March 24, 2022
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. -AFP
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. -AFP 

NEW DELHI: China's foreign minister will make a surprise stop for talks in New Delhi tomorrow (Friday), an Indian official said, though neither side has formally announced what would be the highest level visit since border clashes soured relations two years ago, foreign media reported on Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi has attended a conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Pakistan this week and is set to also visit Nepal on Friday, as part of a tour of South Asia.

The Indian government source, who requested anonymity, said Wang was expected to meet with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, and while the agenda was unclear, discussions over the Ukraine conflict were expected.

India's foreign ministry declined to comment. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said at a daily news briefing on Wednesday that he had no information to offer at the moment.

Neither China or India have condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Russia, which refers to its actions as a "special military operation", counts both China and India as friendly powers, having cultivated diplomatic and economic ties since the Cold War era.

Relations between China and Indian became fraught in June 2020, when 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers were killed during a high altitude clash in a disputed section of the western Himalayas.

India has restricted many Chinese firms from operating in the country since then.