China and India will use international forums for bilateral discussions.

China and India met in Beijing on Wednesday for the first time since deadly clashes in June 2020 . India has so far maintained that relations with China will not resume until the military confrontation in eastern Ladakh is completely settled .

NEW DELHI: When China and India met in Beijing on Wednesday, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said that their common goals should outweigh their differences.The Indian embassy said in a statement that it was clear that the two countries were compelled to make full use of the multilateral opportunities offered by such meetings to continue their talks, even between their foreign ministers.India has so far maintained that relations with China will not resume until the military confrontation in eastern Ladakh is completely settled.Wang, on the other hand, had visited India in late March, marking the first high-level bilateral visit by either side since the deadly Galwan clashes in June 2020.

Wang told Rawat that foreign minister S Jaishankar publicly slammed European centralism and opposition to external forces in China-India relations, saying it reflected India's tradition of independence.The meeting came just days after China made a decision to reject a proposed UN ban on Pakistan based terrorist Abdul Rehman Makki.Rawat stressed the importance of maintaining stability and order in the border zones in order to realize the full potential of the consensus reached at the highest level about the relationship.Wang said the border issue is important and that the two countries should continue to commit to peacefully addressing it through consultation and coordination.

China and India have common goals that far outweigh the differences.Wang said that the two sides should keep in mind the general goals of bilateral relationships, assist each other in success rather than attrition, promote communication rather than defensiveness, and encourage individualism rather than being defensive of each other, and that he also urged India to build on the growing momentum in relations.Rawat was quoted by Chinese authorities as saying that India would continue to pursue an independent foreign policy and is able to work with China.