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US Wishes India Luck With “Structural Issues” In Strained China Ties

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said India was focused on finding a solution to the border issue with China.


The No. 2 US diplomat said on Wednesday that the US looks forward to India’s efforts to improve tense ties with China, but warned that Chinese President Xi Jinping finds it very difficult to show any flexibility on the territorial dispute.

After assuming his post for a second consecutive term, Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Tuesday that India would focus on finding a solution to the border issue with China that has strained ties between the two countries for years.

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, who has led U.S. efforts to strengthen ties with India to counter a rising China, was asked about Jaishankar’s comments at a Washington think tank.

“I think the truth is that if the two countries can find some common ground to reduce tensions, we should support that,” he said.

“We wish India well in its discussions,” he added, saying Washington feels “very confident and secure” about its bilateral relationship with India and “hopes that will continue in the future.”

Campbell said he would visit India next week with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to “advance areas of coordination.”

“We are very happy with this partnership,” he said, but added, “I think there are structural issues between China and India that are, frankly, difficult to resolve.”

Campbell said he believes that for any reconciliation with India or any significant improvement in relations with China, India would expect China to change how it handles the two countries’ disputed border.

“I think that on any issue that has to do with or touches on territorial disputes, one of the things that we’ve seen under Xi Jinping is that it’s very difficult for China to show any flexibility or any willingness to find common ground,” he said.

India and China share a 3,800-kilometer (2,400-mile) border, much of which is unclear, and the two nuclear-armed nations fought a war over the border in 1962. The two countries have been engaged in a military standoff since July 2020, leaving at least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers dead in the deadliest clash in five decades.

Washington has sought to strengthen ties with India despite some differences, including on human rights issues.

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