The issue of restoration of flights between India and China was
discussed at the high level meeting external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar
had with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at the Indonesian resort town of Bali.
flights between the two countries were suspended 2 years ago following the
covid 19 pandemic but Beijing restored flights to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and
other countries but connectivity to India remain suspended. Thousands of Indian
students who were studying in various universities of China remain stranded in
the absence of flights.
The two leaders held an hour-long meeting on the margins of a
G20 foreign ministers’ meeting being hosted in Bali by Indonesia, the current
president of the grouping of the world’s 20 largest economies. “Began my day in
Bali by meeting FM Wang Yi of China. Discussion lasted one hour,” Jaishankar
Both the leaders discussed “outstanding issues” related to the
dragging military standoff in Ladakh sector that has taken bilateral ties to an
all-time low. “Focused on specific outstanding issues in our bilateral
relationship pertaining to the border situation. Also spoke about other matters
including students and flights,” he said.
Jaishankar said he and Wang also had “shared perspectives on the
international situation and its impact on the G20 deliberations”.
There was no immediate official readout on the meeting, the fourth
between Jaishankar and Wang since the standoff along the Line of Actual Control
(LAC) began in April-May 2020.