China News Service, February 26. According to the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on February 25, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with Indian Foreign Minister Su Jaishan.
Wang Yi said that last year's situation on the border between China and India is very clear, and the lessons from the past are worth learning.
Recently, India’s policy toward China has undergone a swing and setback, and the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries has been affected and disrupted. This is not in the interests of both parties.
The experience of the past few decades has repeatedly shown that highlighting differences will not help solve problems and will also erode the foundation of mutual trust.
Wang Yi said that the recent disengagement of front-line Chinese and Indian forces in the Bangong Lake area has clearly eased the situation.
Both sides must cherish the current hard-won situation, jointly consolidate the existing results, maintain the momentum of consultation, further ease the situation, improve the border control mechanism, advance the border negotiation process, continue to accumulate and enhance mutual trust, and achieve peace and tranquility in the border area.
Wang Yi said that China and India are both ancient civilizations and major emerging economies, and they are at the same key historical stage of development and revitalization. They should achieve and illuminate each other.
The continued decline in relations between the two countries is unnecessary consumption and loss to both sides.
It is necessary to uphold the strategic consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, firmly follow the right path of mutual trust and cooperation between neighboring powers, not follow the crooked path of suspicion and jealousy, let alone the negative and retrogressive path.
It is necessary to properly handle border issues to prevent bilateral relations from falling into a negative cycle.
Border disputes are an objective reality and should be given sufficient attention and taken seriously. However, border issues are not the whole of China-India relations and should be placed in an appropriate position in bilateral relations.
It is necessary to adhere to the general direction of joint development of the two emerging economies, move forward side by side instead of restraining each other, and develop cooperatively instead of building walls.
The two sides can go from easy to difficult, step by step, and accumulate conditions for further improving bilateral relations and advancing pragmatic cooperation.
Jaishan Su said that the recent disengagement of the two militaries in the Bangong Lake area is an important achievement of the two sides earnestly implementing the Moscow consensus of the two foreign ministers. India hopes to strengthen dialogue and consultation with China to achieve complete disengagement in other regions as soon as possible, and promote the continued cooling of the border situation between the two countries. To maintain peace and tranquility in the border area.
India is willing to proceed from the long-term development of bilateral relations and the overall overall situation, implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, and push bilateral relations back on track as soon as possible.
Both parties agreed to establish a communication hotline to exchange opinions in a timely manner.