Minister Wang Yi visits Tibet to “send a message to India”

Minister Wang Yi visits Tibet to “send a message to India”

The two countries showed little sign of trying to resolve the stalemate that led to a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley last June

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a rare visit to Tibet last Friday, including a trip to the disputed border with India, while the three-month military stalemate between the two countries continues to drag on with few resolution signs.

Although a concise statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday did not mention India, Wang’s trip to the border was described by observers as an unusual and symbolic gesture.

Diplomatic negotiations and five rounds of military negotiations failed to break the impasse over the long border dispute, which has become a wide and increasingly dangerous dispute over trade, technology, investment or geopolitics.

Wang, who is China’s special representative in border negotiations with India, said that Tibet’s security and stability are of crucial importance to China’s overall development. The minister asked Chinese diplomats to work with local authorities to protect national security.

The trip came a day before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to join the military with 1.4 million soldiers to defend the country’s sovereignty.

China has a long, borderless border with India, which is mainly in the province of Tibet.

Wang became the first top government official to visit the border area since the deadliest confrontation on June 15 in the disputed Galwan valley. Twenty Indian soldiers lost their lives in the fighting, while Beijing refused to reveal the number of victims on the Chinese side.

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