Perhaps the first such visit which wasn’t announced by either side
New Delhi, March 24 (Delhi Crown): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, one of the most powerful leaders of his country, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday evening for a two-day visit which was neither announced nor confirmed by either side.
Tomorrow he is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart Dr S. Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
Perhaps this is the first such high-profile visit in the history of India-China relations that has happened with neither country announcing or confirming till the last moment.
Not much protocol was seen at the airport during his arrival. As he emerged out of the Airport, he waived at the couple of cameras present on the occasion and sat in a black car even as passers-by looked on. A few Indian security personnel and some junior level officers from the Ministry of External Affairs were seen on the occasion.
It seems the Chinese side insisted on the visit, even as New Delhi showed least interest in hosting Wang Yi in present circumstances.
Wang Yi’s visit assumes significance even as it comes after two years of strained relations over border skirmishes leading to a number of deaths (of troops) on both sides two years ago.
Since then, several rounds of military-level talks between the two sides have failed to break the impasse.
Speculations had been making rounds about Yi’s India visit for the past few days, especially after last evening’s statement from Indian Ministry of External Affairs, taking a strong exception to the Chinese FM’s utterances in Pakistan over Kashmir.
Wang Yi arrived in Delhi from Kabul after a brief stopover. Before that he had spent three days in Pakistan where he attended the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) meet.
He is slated to fly to Kathmandu tomorrow after holding official meetings in Delhi.