India never confirmed Wang Yi’s trip to India
After blaming India at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Islamabad and meeting Taliban leaders, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday night landed in New Delhi. Though Indian media widely reported about Wang Yi’s Indian visit on March 24, India’s External Affairs Ministry mysteriously never confirmed his trip to India. Wang Yi will meet India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and is also expected to meet National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Friday – March 25. It is still a mystery as to why Indian Diplomats have not confirmed China’s Foreign Minister’s visit to New Delhi.
“India and China will make all efforts to end the stalemate at the border in Ladakh prevailing for the last two years during the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi here on Friday. He is also likely to meet NSA Ajit Doval. The two leaders are also expected to discuss ways for the speedy return of Indian students to China. There are more than 15,000 Indian students studying in various universities there and forced to return home after the outbreak of Corona pandemic more than two years back, sources said here on Thursday,” said Indian Diplomats unofficially to media. Why unofficially?
Wang Yi is the first Chinese minister to come to India since trouble erupted in May 2020 resulting in a bloody brawl later in the Galwan valley. Moreover, he comes a day after India criticized him for his remarks on Jammu and Kashmir. New Delhi rejected the “uncalled reference” to Jammu and Kashmir in his speech at a function in Pakistan.
“Matters related to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir are entirely the internal affairs of India. Other countries including China have no locus standi to comment. They should note that India refrains from the public judgment of their internal issues,” India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said on Thursday, without confirming Wangi Yi’s visit in India which happened after a few hours. Why did India’s External Affairs Ministry behave in such a mysterious way? A few days ago, the Spokesperson countered media questions about the visit with “where do you get this information?” All Chinese Media Houses have been reporting about the visit with specific dates.
Wang Yi had made a reference to Kashmir in his opening speech at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Pakistan. “On Kashmir, we have heard again today the calls of many of our Islamic friends. And China shares the same hope,” he had said.
As regards talks on the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the two leaders will review the progress made so far during 15 rounds of military-level talks besides several rounds of parleys at the diplomatic level. Wang Yi and Jaishankar met twice after the incident – in Moscow in September 2020 and Dushanbe in September 2021.
Is India’s External Affairs Ministry taking cognizance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial statement, a few days after the Galwan Valley incident? Modi had at that time said “Koyi Aaaya Nahi. Koyi Gaya Nahi” (No one came, and no one went) about Chinese intrusion to India. In the same way, India’s External Affairs Ministry is tight-lipped or not confirming Chinese Minister Wang Yi’s landing in New Delhi on March 24 night from Islamabad after meeting the Taliban.
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