Chinese FM to attend luncheon meeting with Jaishankar in Moscow amid border row

New Delhi (NVI): Amid an escalating border row at between India and China LAC in Ladakh, Chinese Foreign Minister Wangi Yi will attend a luncheon meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Moscow on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meet in the Russian capital, according to the Chinese state media.

EAM Jaishankar has already reached Russia to attend the SCO meet. State-run Global Times today said in a tweet that Wang Yi will be attending luncheon meeting with foreign ministers from India and Russia in Moscow.

“Chinese State Councilor and FM Wang Yi is scheduled to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (#SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting in #Moscow on Thursday: Chinese FM,” read a tweet by Global Times.

However, it is not clear yet whether Wang Yi will have a one-on-one meeting with his Indian counterpart. Jaishankar is the second cabinet minister to have arrived in Moscow to attend the SCO meet, as diplomatic and military levels talks with China are still underway to resolve the tense situation at LAC.

Before this, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Russian capital to attend the meeting of defence ministers of SCO countries. He had attended a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Gen Wei Fenghe.

Before he left for Moscow, Jaishankar had earlier this week described the situation in eastern Ladakh as “very serious” but called for political and diplomatic level engagements, in contrast with the “military option” remark by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat.