Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi may visit India this month. He is likely to be in Nepal before visiting India. If the trip to India is to take place, this will be the first by a senior Chinese leader since the two neighbors clashed over the True Control Line (LAC) in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh two years ago. India and China are continuing military talks to resolve the situation in Ladakh.
The border situation in eastern Ladakh erupted on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the area of Pangong Lake. The presentation intensified on June 15, 2020 in clashes in the Galwan Valley, killing at least 20 Indians and four soldiers.
Minister Wang Yi said earlier this month that China and India had “some setbacks” in bilateral relations in recent years, and called for the management of differences over the border issue through a “fair and equitable” solution through equal consultations. He also said that some forces have always tried to stir up tensions between China and India, with apparent reference to the US.
“Relations between China and India have experienced some setbacks in recent years that do not serve the basic interests of the two countries and the two peoples,” he said in response to a question about the borders and ties between the two neighbors.
India’s relations with China are currently going through a “very difficult phase” after Beijing breached border agreements, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said at this year’s Munich Security Conference (MSC). He also stressed that “the state of the border will determine the state of the relationship.”
Minister Wang Yi, who is also a state councilor, said that China and India “should be partners rather than rivals”.