'Relation with India should not be viewed from lens of a third country': China says it agrees with Jaishankar on bilateral ties
Jaishankar, who met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Dushanbe, conveyed that the two sides should work for an early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC.
The Chinese want Indian Army to move out soldiers deployed after the May 5, 2020, standoff which began with clashes at Finger 4 on the north bank of Pangong Tso.
Jaishankar holds talks with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi as India keeps a close eye on PLA activities at LAC
The two ministers agreed that the next round of military dialogue should be convened at the earliest and its focus should be on discussing all the remaining issues to find a acceptable solution.
The two countries agreed to this as they held another round of diplomatic talks to resolve the prolonged border standoff in eastern Ladakh that erupted in early May last year.
India's comments on the matter came a day after China said its military deployment in the region is a normal "defence arrangement" aimed to respond to actions by the "relevant" country.
It is learnt that another round of Corps Commander-level talks will be held following the diplomatic dialogue.
Larger issue is whether India, China can build relationship based on mutual sensitivity, respect: Jaishankar
At a virtual conversation at the Qatar Ecomonic Forum, he also made it clear that there was no connection between India becoming part of the Quad and the border issue with China.
In the first deadly clash in the border area in nearly five decades, 20 Indian soldiers were killed on June 15 last year in the Galwan Valley in fierce hand-to-hand combat with Chinese troops.
Jaishankar said the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's visit in 1988 to China 26 years after the 1962 conflict led to a consensus on having stability along the frontier.
Gen Naravane also expressed hope that both sides will be able to make forward movement in resolving issues in other areas.
The issue figured during a phone conversation that was initiated by Wang to convey China's sympathies to India on the COVID-19 situation.
Indian ambassador to China Vikram Misri, in an address at the ICWA-CPIFA virtual dialogue, called out Beijing for ignoring significant consensus reached by the two countries.
India shoud adhere to the relevant agreements between the two armies and move towards the same direction as the Chinese side to jointly maintain peace, PLA spokesperson said.
Sources said India will insist on early disengagement of troops in Gogra and Hot Springs besides pressing for resolution of pending issues in Depsang plains.
The two countries had earlier completed the withdrawal of troops and weapons from the North and South banks of Pangong Lake last month in line with an agreement on disengagement.