Sushma Swaraj holds bilateral talks Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

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

Sushma Swaraj holds bilateral talks Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

Originally scheduled for April, the RIC meet was postponed as Wang did not confirm his participation, with speculation rife that he had put off his visit to India to protest New Delhi's decision to allow the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to travel to Arunachal Pradesh.

Close cooperation between the Russian and Chinese Foreign Ministries has influenced the global agenda to a large extent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday in his opening remarks at the talks with China's top diplomat Wang Yi. In contrast, there seems to be growing convergence between New Delhi and Washington after decades of being seen on opposite sides.

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Wang is here to attend the Russia-India-China trilateral, he will also attending an India-China cultural event in the evening. In the RIC meet, India is likely to stress on a collective approach by the three countries in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, including the south-east Asian region, according to news agency reports. He stated that Mr Wang Yi to India looks forward to working with President Xi Jinping and the Chinese leadership to take our developmental partnership to greater heights. "We also expect that regional and certain global issues will come up for discussion".

The three countries condemned terrorism in all forms and reaffirmed their determination to prevent and counter it. China's constant blocking of India's attempts to get Pakistan's Masood Azhar, declared a terrorist by the United Nations is a sticking point.

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They also said those committing, organising, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice.

China continues to block India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers' Group as well as oppose New Delhi's efforts to get Pakistan-based terrorist Masood Azhar banned by the UN. India objects to this as it claims all of Kashmir as part of its territory.

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