New Delhi (Sputnik) — China's envoy to India, Luo Zhaohui, has expressed great hope that a trilateral summit between China, India and Pakistan, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), could be made a regular phenomenon if all sides agree to improve regional relations.
"If China, Russia, and Mongolia can have a trilateral summit, then why can't India, China, and Pakistan?" Luo Zhaohui, Chinese ambassador to New Delhi, said while addressing a seminar on "Beyond Wuhan — How far and fast can China-India relations go?"
We need to control, manage & narrow differences through expanding cooperation. The boundary question was left over by history. We need to find a mutual acceptable solution through Special Representatives' Meeting while adopting confidence building measures. pic.twitter.com/v9cXwpAPHx— Luo Zhaohui (@China_Amb_India) June 18, 2018
Some Indian friends suggested that India, China & Pakistan may have some kind of trilateral summit on the sidelines of SCO. So, if China, Russia & Mongolia can have a trilateral summit, then why not India, China & Pakistan?: Luo Zhaohui, Chinese Ambassador to India pic.twitter.com/hxdMOTAT0d— ANI (@ANI) June 18, 2018
However, sources in the Indian government told Sputnik that "there was no official proposal, only a personal view of Chinese envoy."
My 4-point vision for future #China-#India cooperation:— Luo Zhaohui (@China_Amb_India) June 18, 2018
Sign a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation, negotiate a bilateral Free Trade Agreement, enhance connectivity and work for early harvest on boundary issues.
On the other hand, India's main opposition party, the Indian National Congress (INC), condemned the statement and said that issues between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally.
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"We hope the government of India will also condemn his statement. Our stand has been that issues between India and Pakistan be solved bilaterally," formed union minister and INC leader Manish Tiwari said.