Visit of Chinese Foreign Minister to Afghanistan and India

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited India for the first time since the deadly clash between the two countries two years ago. The trip came without any prior announcement.

Wang met his Indian counterpart on Friday. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said after the meeting that the two countries cannot have normal relations as long as there is border tension.

Ties between New Delhi and Beijing have been strained since a confrontation in the Ladakh region in 2020.
The incident resulted in casualties on both sides.
There has been sporadic fighting since then.

Ministers also discussed the situation in Ukraine. They reportedly agreed on the need for an immediate ceasefire. China and India have close ties with Russia. They abstained from UN resolutions condemning Moscow.

Before arriving in India, Wang also visited Afghanistan. He met Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Acting First Deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban.

According to China, Wang welcomed Afghanistan’s participation in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. He also reportedly said Beijing was ready to expand a major infrastructure project with Pakistan into Afghanistan.

Baradar reportedly expressed hope for increased imports and investment from China.

It was Wang’s first visit to Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power last August. This is seen as an attempt by China to expand its influence in the country.

Earlier this year, Beijing delivered hundreds of tons of humanitarian supplies. Western countries have refrained from supporting the interim government, citing human rights abuses.

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