To discuss the progress in bilateral ties since the Wuhan summit last year Foreign Secretary of India Vijay Gokhale on Monday held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Wang Yi, who is also the State Councillor, a high-level post in the hierarchy of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), took place as both the countries tussled over issues, including Beijing's continued attempts to enlist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist by the UN.
Recalling the Wuhan Summit when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping reached to many understandings,Gokhale said, “As your excellency said we will work together with the Chinese side to deepen understanding to strengthen trust to implement the decisions that are taken by leaders and to do it in a manner in which we are sensitive to each other''s concerns.”
He also referred to the "brisk" political exchanges since the Wuhan summit, including Wang's visit to New Delhi to launch people to people mechanism and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is "looking forward to come to China this year".
Foreign Secretary of India reached Beijing on Sunday; he is also scheduled to hold detailed talks with Chinese vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou on Monday.
The duo countries are going through an estranged stage of relationship. On one hand China blocks Azhar''s designation as global terrorist for the fourth-time, on the other hand India not taking part in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) due to its objections over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it is being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
On non-participation of India in the BRI, Wang said, “One of our differences is how to look at the BRI. The Indian side has their concerns. We understand that and that is why we have stated clearly on many occasions that the BRI including the CPEC is only an economic initiative and it does not target any third country and has nothing to do with the sovereign and territorial disputes left from history between any two countries.”