Foreign Ministers of India and China S Jaishankar and Wang Yi to participate in a meeting held by Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Thursday morning, to be followed by a formal lunch meeting of foreign ministers of the Russia-India-China (RIC) grouping.
External affair minister Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart are set to come in direct confrontation at least three times in Moscow on Thursday morning, with the focus on a bilateral meeting that is being seen as key to reducing tensions after a spike in antagonism along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The day will be covered by a bilateral meeting, the first between Jaishankar and Wang since the stalemate in Ladakh began in May. as per the reports of Hindustan Times, The two leaders spoke on phone on June 17, right two days after the lethal clash in Galwan Valley that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and caused an unstated number of Chinese casualties.
Experts believe the meeting between Jaishankar and Wang is unlikely to result in an immediate breakthrough, though it could set the stage for further political engagements to end the deadlock. Jaishankar is the longest-serving Indian representative to Beijing, where he served for four-and-half years from 2009 and has known Wang for a long time.
Wang Dehua, a South Asian expert stated that “After Chinese defense minister Wei Fenghe and his Indian counterpart, India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s meeting in Moscow, the meeting of the foreign ministers is of great significance as it is favorable to ease the tension along the border while helping to reset relations. Perhaps, it will prompt an early meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping.”