NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday raised the issue of two Indian traders being stranded due to an ongoing legal battle in China, with his Chinese counterpart.
Krishna met Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi on the sidelines of the trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of India, Russia and China in Moscow. This was the third time that the two ministers were meeting this year.
According to official sources, the frequency of the meetings signified the intensive high-level interaction that characterises Indo-China relations and the importance placed by both sides on the bilateral relations.
The sources said that Krishna brought up the case of two Indian traders currently stranded in Shanghai, due to an ongoing legal battle in a Chinese court. Krishna asked the matter to be “brought to a speedy and satisfactory resolution”.
The Chinese Foreign Minister noted that it took ‘seriously’ the concerns raised by Krishna, and recalled that the issue had been raised with him earlier too.
On the political front, the two ministers also reviewed the activities drawn up for the year for Indo-China friendship and cooperation. Official sources said that the two sides called for an ‘early meeting’ on the maritime dialogue, and also felt that the contours of the dialogues on central Asia, west Asia and Africa should be finalised soon.
They also agreed to resume the Indo-China dialogue on disarmament and non-proliferation.On the economic side, Yang Jiechi assured that the Chinese Government will ‘encourage’ their companies to invest in infrastructure projects.