China’s Foreign Minister Meets Mr. Rawat Ahead of BRICS Summit

China’s Foreign Minister Meets Mr. Rawat Ahead of BRICS Summit

On Wednesday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Indian envoy Pradeep Kumar Rawat in Beijing ahead of the BRICS meeting. The two sides discussed boundary situations and broader bilateral relations.

Mr. Rawat met the Chinese Foreign Minister for the first time since his arrival in Beijing in March, ahead of the summit on Thursday. Speaking at a security conference in Slovakia earlier this month, Mr. Wang mentioned Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s remarks regarding “Europe has to grow out of the mindset that Europe’s problems are the world’s problems but the world’s problems are not Europe’s problems”.

Mr. Wang stated that External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar publicly voiced his disapproval of European centralism and his objections to external forces meddling in China-India relations, reflecting India’s history of independence.

He further added that China and India have a lot in common and their interests far outweigh their differences and urged both sides to work together to maintain the positive momentum in China-India relations and get them back on track for stability and sound development as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rawat emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the border to maximize the potential of the relationship.