Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said that SR talks were a very important platform for discussing strategic ties between the two countries.
Further more, the Chinese foreign ministry said that talks between China’s state councilor Yang Jeichi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval covered a lot of things and were not limited to discussions on the border.
The question which was put to the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson was Hua Chunying was-
It is reported that the 20th round of border talks was held between India and China in New Delhi. Could you tell us what transpired at the meeting? Was the Doklam issue discussed during the meeting?
To which she replied that, On December 22, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor Yang Jiechi traveled to India to hold the Special Representatives’ Meeting on the China-India Boundary Questions with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval of India.
She added, “The Special Representatives’ Meeting on the China-India Boundary Questions is not only a high-level channel for the two countries to hold talks on boundary questions but also an important platform for them to conduct strategic communication”.
In September this year, President Xi Jinping met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Xiamen and reached important consensus on further developing China-India relations.
During this Special Representatives’ Meeting, in accordance with the requirements of the two heads of state, the two sides will exchange views on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common concern, properly manage differences, focus on development and cooperation, promote the sound and steady growth of China-India relations and achieve friendly cooperation, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes.
She further added that any additional mechanism wasn’t required to maintain calm in the region as many discussions happened when the two dignitaries met.
She also replied on India’s stand on most wanted terrorist Azhar Masood, and China sheltering him by saying that China has strongest stand against terrorists.
With regard to the listing of the 1267 Committee, we have stated our position many times. As the Indian side is concerned about it, we answered relevant questions patiently, earnestly and candidly every time.
She said, “the Chinese side firmly fights against all forms of terrorism and maintains that the international counter-terrorism cooperation should be stepped up. Our resolve and sincerity in this regard are beyond doubt. When it comes to the issue of counter-terrorism, the Chinese side is always making judgments and decisions based on the merits and demerits of the matter. China’s relevant actions within the 1267 Committee conform to the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the deliberation rules of the Committee.”
We are willing to continue enhancing counter-terrorism and security cooperation at the UN Security Council and other platforms so as to jointly uphold the peace and security of the region and the world at large. The relevant actions of China are open and aboveboard and have nothing to do with the so-called “narrow political concerns”. Such kind of label can by no means be pinned on China.