|Qin Gang meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar|
On May 4, 2023 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang met with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Goa.
Qin Gang said that as the two most populous developing countries in the world, both China and India are in a critical period of achieving modernization. The two countries should draw experience and lessons from history, steer bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, respect and learn from each other, contribute to each other's success, pursue a new path of living in harmony, peaceful development and common revitalization between neighboring major countries, so as to boos their respective national rejuvenation and inject stability and positive energy into world peace and development. China is ready to work with India to carry out bilateral consultations and exchanges, step up dialogue and cooperation within multilateral frameworks, and deepen coordination and collaboration on international and regional issues, so as to bring China-India relations back on the track of sound and stable development.
Qin Gang pointed out that the China-India border situation is generally stable. The two sides should continue to implement the important common understandings reached between leaders of the two countries, consolidate existing outcomes, strictly abide by relevant agreements and protocols, work to ease and cool down the border situation, and maintain sustained peace and tranquility in the border areas.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar briefed Qin Gang on India's views on India-China relations, noting that India and China need to strengthen cooperation in many areas. India hopes to continue to work with China to maintain peace and stability in the border areas through consultation.
Qin Gang said that China supports India in hosting a successful SCO summit and hopes that India, as the rotating chair of the SCO, will uphold a spirit of solidarity and cooperation, and play an active role in ensuring the success of the summit. The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual interest and concern.