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New Delhi dismisses claims that China-India talks happened on latter’s request at BRICS

News Agencies | Updated on: 25 August 2023, 11:46 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping (File Picture)

New Delhi: Indian sources have dismissed the recent claim made by China saying the China-India talks on the margins of the 15th BRICS Summit happened at the latter’s request.

A statement released by the Chinese foreign ministry stated, “President Xi Jinping talked with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit at the latter’s request on August 23, 2023”.

Meanwhile, Indian sources have said that “there was a pending request from the Chinese side for a bilateral meeting”.

The sources also confirmed that “the two leaders, however, had an informal conversation in the Leaders Lounge during the BRICS Summit”.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement also added that the “two leaders had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on current China-India relations and other questions of shared interest and President Xi stressed that improving China-India relations serves the common interests of the two countries and peoples, and is also conducive to peace, stability and development of the world and the region”.

At the 15th BRICS Summit that concluded in Johannesburg on Thursday, sharing details of a conversation between India-China meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that in a conversation with President Xi, PM Modi highlighted India’s border concern.

"On the sidelines of the BRICS Summit, the Prime Minister had interactions with other BRICS leaders. In a conversation with President Xi Jinping of China, the Prime Minister highlighted India's concerns on unresolved issues along the LAC in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas," said Kwatra.

"The Prime Minister underlined that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the border areas and observing and respecting the LAC are essential for the normalisation of the India-China relationship. In this regard, two leaders agreed to direct their relevant officials to intensify efforts at expeditious disengagement and de-escalation," Kwatra added.


First published: 25 August 2023, 11:46 IST