Chinese FM Wang Yi lands in Delhi, his first visit after Ladakh face-off started

Updated on Mar 24, 2022 09:00 PM IST

Chinese foreign minister and state councilor Wang Yi is likely to meet national security advisor Ajit Doval and external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Friday.

File photo of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi with external affairs minister S Jaishankar during a meeting of the SCO in Moscow.(AP)
File photo of Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi with external affairs minister S Jaishankar during a meeting of the SCO in Moscow.(AP)
By, New Delhi

Chinese foreign minister and state councilor Wang Yi landed in Delhi on Thursday, the first India visit by a senior leader from Beijing since armies of the two nations fought in eastern Ladakh in May 2020.

The standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and a brutal clash in Galwan Valley in June 2020 that resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and at least four Chinese troops, have taken bilateral relations to an all-time low.

Yi is likely to meet national security advisor Ajit Doval and external affairs minister S Jaishankar on Friday.

 

The two-day visit comes a day after the ministry of external affairs (MEA) hit out at him over his Kashmir remark at a meeting in Pakistan.

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In a statement, the MEA rejected Yi's support for the Islamic world’s views on the Kashmir issue and said China had no locus standi to comment on the matter.

Wang made the comments while speaking at the opening ceremony of a meeting of the council of foreign ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) hosted by Islamabad on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, the Chinese foreign minister made a surprise stop in Afghanistan's capital Kabul to meet with the country's new Taliban rulers. Yi reportedly met Taliban leaders “to discuss various issues, including the extension of political relations, economic, and transit cooperation”.

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