Doklam diplomacy shows relation with India is good, says China

Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavro

India is hosting RIC foreign ministerial meeting on Monday.

During her discussion with Yi, Sushma underlined that both India and China have passed through a hard phase in their relationship and called for developing ties that is based on trust and respecting sensitivities.

"We are also seeing cooperation on many worldwide issues", Kovind said according to an official statement.

China's foreign ministry on Tuesday said the ties between the two countries suffered "severe stress" due to Doklam standoff and efforts to strengthen mutual trust and relationship in 2017 were "not very satisfactory".

Ahead of his visit to India to attend the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers' meeting to be held in New Delhi, Monday during which he would also hold talks with top Indian officials, Wang said China always values good neighbourliness and friendship between the two countries as "we are each other's big neighbours and ancient civilisations".

The three countries should support the United Nations (UN) in playing a key role in global affairs, stick to solving hot and thorny issues through political means, and push for democratic worldwide relations under the rule of law, said the Chinese top diplomat.

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On the issue of tackling terrorism, the joint communiqué called for "swift and effective" implementation of existing international commitments on countering terrorism, including the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and targeted sanctions relating to terrorism and the FATF International Standards worldwide.

He noted that the situation on the Korean Peninsula is still deep in a vicious circle of demonstrating strength and confrontation, and the outlook is not optimistic. "And it will be better to meet again and without agenda, which will help us to expand our mutual understanding", Swaraj said.

On OBOR, Lavrov said Russian Federation feels the concept is very interesting and needed to be explored in the context of building harmonious relationship for deeper regional trade and investment. There was a general feeling that both Russian Federation and the United States are two important players in the world and for several global issues cooperation between them was critical.

Both the LeT and the JeM are UN-proscribed terror outfits.

Stating that the UN's Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) mirror India's own vision of development, Sushma Swaraj said that Indian initiatives such as Smart Cities, Make in India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat, Jan Dhan Yojana, Digital India, Skill India, and Start-up India closely related to several targets under the SDGs.