Jaishankar meets Chinese counterpart in Beijing

Beijing, Aug 12 : External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi after meeting Vice-President Wang Qishan in Beijing and it is being speculated that Jammu and Kashmir figured during the talks.

Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to China to co-chair the second meeting of the India-China ‘High-Level Mechanism’ on cultural and people-to-people exchanges and also to prepare for the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to be held in India in October.

For Jaishankar, who was ambassador to China from 2009 to 2013, it is his first visit after taking over as External Affairs Minister.

“The HLM reflects the desire on both sides to build greater synergies in the people-to-people ties between the two countries through enhanced exchanges in areas such as tourism, art, films, media, culture and sports,” a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) earlier said.

The meeting between Jaishankar and Wang also comes days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was in Beijing last week and met Wang to garner support against India’s revocation of special status for Kashmir, which Islamabad has termed an act of “annexation”.

According to Qureshi, China has assured its support to Pakistan in the UN Security Council over the Kashmir issue.

After China termed creation of a new union territory of Ladakh as “unacceptable”, India had firmly told Beijing that the decision to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir is wholly an internal matter, and also that New Delhi does not comment on the internal matters of others, and expects others to do likewise.

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