China comes up in talks between Modi, Kishida

New Delhi: Days after Beijing reached out to New Delhi to revive bilateral dialogue and set the stage for the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) summit in China later this year, India told Japan on Saturday that the India-China ties “cannot be business as usual”, until and unless the Ladakh standoff is resolved. This is the first comment from New Delhi after Beijing’s outreach, made by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla who was briefing on the discussions between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japan counterpart Fumio Kishida. Briefing reporters, Shringla said, “In the discussions, the issue of China did come up and both countries did inform each other of their perspectives. He (PM Modi) did inform the Japanese side about the situation in Ladakh, the attempts at massing of troops, attempts at multiple transgressions.” He said, “We also made it clear that until and unless we had a resolution of the issues involved with the peace and tranquility in the border areas, we could not consider the relationship to be business as usual. And, normalcy in the relationship would depend on progress on the said issues.”

“The Japanese Prime Minister also briefed our Prime Minister on Japan’s own perspective, vis-a-vis, the East and South China Seas,” Shringla said.