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India Denies Chinese Report That Rajnath Singh,Chinese Counterpart May Meet In Moscow
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chinese counterpart may meet in Moscow tomorrow, reports Chinese mouthpiece Global Times
India Denies Chinese Report That Rajnath Singh, Chinese Counterpart May Meet In Moscow
New Delhi: Rajnath Singh union defense mistier, who is attending the victory day parade in Moscow, is likely to run into Chinese counterpart, who is attending the event tomorrow.
However, the government sources denied any meeting has been planned between the two shortly after Global Time, the Chinse mouthpiece, reported the possibility of their meeting.
"Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe will attend Russia's Victory Day parade in #Moscow on Wednesday, and likely hold a meeting with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh over resolving border tensions: sources," tweeted Global Times.
A spokesperson of the Defence Ministry, however, said there has been no meeting planned between the two.
India and China have not formally met since last Monday's violence at Ladakh's Galwan Valley where 20 Indian soldiers died and more than 70 were injured in clashes with Chinse troops.
Also last week foreign minister S Jaishankar had a telephone conversation with his Chinse counterpart Wang Yi regarding Ladakh.
The Minister during the conversation had said that the unprecedented development "will have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship" and China had to reassess its actions and take corrective steps.
On de-escalating tension, both ministers had signed off a note of de-escalating tension, saying "Neither side would take any action to escalate matters and instead, ensure peace and tranquility as per bilateral agreements and protocols."
A strong anti-China sentiment has swept the country. As a call to boycott Chinese goods was raised from trader's bodies and the civil society, Chinese equipment was barred from the 4G upgrade of the state-owned BSNL, and a Chinese firm was dropped from a Rs 471 crore railways contract.
Whereas Beijing has maintained its stance that Indian soldiers crossed into Chinese territory, violating the understanding between the two nations.
The Centre has two tweaked rules to promote the Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign, which is also expected to add to the odds for Chinese products and services.