China calls for trilateral meeting with India and Pakistan

Bilateral ties between India and China can’t take the strain of another Doklam episode, Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui said on Monday, emphasising on the need to find a “mutually acceptable solution” on the boundary issue through a meeting of the Special Representatives.

“Some Indian friends suggested that India, China, and Pakistan may have some kind of trilateral summit on the sidelines of the SCO. So, if China, Russia, and Mongolia can have a trilateral summit, then why not India, China, and Pakistan,” Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui was quoted as saying by ANI.

The SCO is an Eurasian inter-governmental organisation, the creation of which was announced in 2001 in Shanghai by Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It was preceded by the Shanghai Five mechanism.

India and Pakistan were granted full membership of the bloc in June last year.

Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart attended the annual SCO Summit in Qingdao, China, this month as full members for the first time. The talks were aimed to establish regional, economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. This move arrives after an informal summit took place between the two leaders at Wuhan, China.

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Nearly half a dozen bilateral meetings will take place with the aim to recognize the common threat posed by terrorism and strengthen security cooperation among all members.

This will be India and Pakistan’s first SCO summit after their membership appointment took place last year in Astana.

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