'Respect Indian Sovereignty': Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar tells China

Jaishankar, who arrived here from Sri Lanka, met Yang, who is the State Councillor and Beijing's Special Representative for border talks between India and China.

The United States and China are important countries in the world, Tillerson said, adding that strong bilateral cooperation not only benefits both countries but also does good for regional and global peace, stability and prosperity.

Mr Jaishankar is also expected to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

As India and China battle key differences over Jaish-E Mohammed terrorist Masood Azhar and India's membership of the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today held talks with China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Beijing, ahead of a key strategic dialogue tomorrow.

The dialogue will be co-chaired by Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and Indian Foreign Secretary Subramanyam Jaishankar and examine means to boost bilateral relations and issues in the region. In December 2016, China slammed India for inviting Dalai Lama, a Buddhist leader, at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, and urged New Delhi to respect Beijing's core interest in order to avoid any disturbance in bilateral ties.

Underlining the significance of the strategic dialogue, which was upgraded during Wang's visit to New Delhi past year, China has deputed Zhang, also the head of the influential CPC committee of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, for the parleys. He stressed that the Dalai Lama was in political exile and has always been engaged in anti-China separatist activities with the attempt of separating Tibet away from China under the cloak of religion. Despite some problems, 2016 was a positive year, Yang said.

China hopes the two countries, following through on the spirit of the phone conversation, could uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation as well as enhance high-level exchanges, Yang said. "There is little doubt - despite Yang's statement - that Sino-India relations nosedived a year ago", the Indian media reported. The China-India Strategic Dialogue will be starting on Wednesday in Beijing.

  • Carolyn Briggs