In a bid to foster India-China relations after the revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi is now keen on reaching out to China as a part of confidence-building measures. The Foreign Affairs Minister of India, S. Jaishankar on his first visit to China after assuming office will discuss India-China relations at length with his Chinese counterpart. This meeting will be held before PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in October this year.
What will be the significance of this meeting?
If not blatantly, then under the carpet China has mostly sided with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue and the fact that Beijing has pumped more than 60 billion USD in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a testament of the same.
As per reports in The Hindu, Indian external affairs minister will travel to China for a three-day meeting starting on August 11. The agendas will include discussions on bilateral, global and regional issues of mutual interest for both the nations.
Will China take up the revocation of Article 370 and Article 35A which were scrapped by the Government of India in a historic move made on Monday? Will China question India on its move to divide the state of Jammu and Kashmir which is bound to raise tension with Pakistan? All of this remains to be seen when the bilateral meets get underway on August 11.
During his visit, the Indian external affairs minister will also co-chair the second meeting of the India-China High-Level Mechanism (HLM) that was set up in 2018 during the Wuhan Summit. HLM primarily focuses on templates of cultural exchange and people to people contact between the two nations so as to strengthen India-China relations. Later in October, the two leaders will meet for their second informal meet to draw a roadmap for the outline of India-China relations.