Nirmala Sitharaman in Beijing: Differences shouldn't lead to disputes in India-China relations, says defence minister

Beijing: Differences should not lead to disputes in relations between India and China, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday as she met her Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe in the backdrop of strain in ties between the two countries after the Doka La standoff.

 Nirmala Sitharaman in Beijing: Differences shouldnt lead to disputes in India-China relations, says defence minister

File image of defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. PTI

Sitharaman, who arrived in Beijing on Monday, attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) defence ministers' meeting on Tuesday.

During her meeting with Fenghe, Sitharaman said that differences should not lead to disputes in relations between India and China, officials said.

In August last year, India and China ended a 73-day standoff between their troops in Doka La. The standoff had strained ties considerably between the two countries.

The annual summit of the SCO, in which India is the latest entrant along with Pakistan, will take place in the Chinese city of Qingdao in June.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend it.

The SCO, headquartered in Beijing, was founded in 2001.

Comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India and Pakistan, the SCO aims at military cooperation between the member states and involves intelligence sharing, counter-terrorism operations in Central Asia and joint work against cyber terrorism.

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Updated Date: Apr 24, 2018 15:19:55 IST