India, China will continue ongoing military and diplomatic-level dialogues: MEA

India, China will continue ongoing military and diplomatic-level dialogues: MEA

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India, China will continue ongoing military and diplomatic-level dialogues: MEA

New Delhi: Days after signing a deal with the US following with the comments from China alleging unnecessary interference by a “third party”, the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that India and China will continue the ongoing military and diplomatic-level dialogues to arrive at a “mutually acceptable solution”.

“Let me make it clear that there is no connection between this (India-China talks) and any ‘extraneous issue’,” said the ministry spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava.

He was replying on the question when asked whether China has delayed the next round of military talks due to the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement between India and the US at the 2+2 dialogue.

A day after the 2+2 dialogue between India and US in which the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo extended strong support for India’s efforts to defend its sovereignty, China had responded by saying that boundary question is a bilateral matter and there is no space for a third party to intervene.

China said that the development of bilateral ties between countries should not infringe upon legitimate rights and interests of a third party and should be conducive to regional peace, stability and development.

“The boundary question is a bilateral matter between China and India. The two sides have been discussing disengagement and de-escalation in the border areas through diplomatic and military channels. China and India have the wisdom and ability to handle their differences properly. There’s no space for a third party to intervene,” said a statement released by the Chinese Embassy.

“The ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’ proposed by the US is to stir up confrontation among different groups and blocs and to stoke geopolitical competition, in a bid to maintain the dominance of the US, organize closed and exclusive ideological cliques,” it said.

Addressing the media after the 2+2 dialogue, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “Today is a great opportunity for two great democracies to grow closer. We have a lot to discuss today, from cooperating on defeating the pandemic that originated in Wuhan to confronting Chinese Communist Party’s threats to security & freedom, to promoting peace, stability throughout the region.”

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