January 6, 2023
NEW DELHI – India on Thursday reiterated that ensuring peace and tranquility in the border areas was essential for the development of India-China ties.
The two countries must also observe bilateral agreements and refrain from any unilateral attempt to change the status quo on the borders, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said at a media briefing.
He was asked to comment on China’s new Foreign Minister Qin Gang’s remarks, in an op-ed piece for a US magazine, indicating Beijing’s willingness to improve ties with New Delhi.
Days before replacing Wang Yi as China’s Foreign Minister, Qin, in the article titled “How China Sees the World” in the magazine ”The National Interest”, referred to India-China border issues and said, “both sides are willing to ease the situation and jointly protect peace along their borders.”