Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi's visit comes at a time when Beijing, after two years of the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, has tried to reach out to New Delhi to revive bilateral dialogue
New Delhi: Chinese Foreign minister and State Councillor Wang Yi arrived in New Delhi on Thursday, March 24, and is likely to meet NSA Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar.
It is an unannounced and not a pre-scheduled visit and comes a day after India categorically "rejected" his "uncalled for" comments in
reference to Jammu and Kashmir at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad.
The meeting between Dr Jaishankar and Wang Yi is likely on Friday morning.
Is the visit linked to some 'apprehensions' that a displeased India would lead to jeopardizing the BRICS Summit and also stall the progress of a string RIC – Russia-India-China axis?
Of course, the two sides are expected to discuss the Russia-Ukraine crisis as both New Delhi and China have been abstaining from voting at the United Nations. Of course, for a resolution piloted by Russia on Wednesday, Beijing also had voted in favour of it along with Moscow.
The apprehension in some quarters is India could be displeased at Wang Yi's Kashmir remarks in Islamabad and that could jeopardize BRICS Summit later this year and also an effort being made to build up a strong RIC, Russia-India-China axis. Such an axis has become all the more crucial given the changing geo-political situation vis-à-vis Russia-Ukraine military conflict.
Wang Yi's visit comes at a time when Beijing, after two years of the military standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh has
tried to reach out to New Delhi to revive bilateral dialogue and also prepare the stage for the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South
Africa) summit to be hosted in China this year.
Meanwhile, India on Thursday slammed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad and said some statements were made based on "falsehoods and misrepresentation".
"The statements and resolutions adopted at the meeting demonstrate both the irrelevance of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation as a body and the role of Pakistan as its manipulator," MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.