In Contempt of differences on a number of issues, including over the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), U.N. designation of Masood Azhar as a terrorist, and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, India and China began to look for a “common ground” on Afghanistan during Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Beijing last week.
Officials supposedly even discussed the possibility of “joint development projects” that could be undertaken despite economic contention between the two countries in other parts of the subcontinent.

The Foreign Secretary’s visit, which saw a restructured “Strategic Dialogue” with Chinese executive Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Yesui, also observed an effort by both sides to “stabilise India-China relations” at a time the world is experiencing a new “volatility,” a senior official said.

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One official, privy to the talks, said “The overarching concern during the talks seemed to be that China had grown economically, and India has been growing because of a predictable international system so far,” . “Each one of us is affected by the new instability, and we must do what we can to bring down the volatility, instead of playing up our differences.”