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India, China agree to keep supply chain, flights open to defeat ‘common enemy’ COVID-19

The development occurred after a telephonic conversation between Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi.

A medical worker collects a sample from a woman for the COVID-19 antigen test in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Partha Sarkar/Xinhua)

New Delhi: India and China on Friday (April 30) agreed to keep the global supply chain open to help with logistics support during the COVID-19 times. The development occurred after a telephonic conversation between Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and Foreign Minister of China, Wang Yi.

“The External Affairs Minister thanked Foreign Minister Wang Yi for his sentiments and apprised him of the ongoing efforts to meet the challenge posed by the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in India,” said a press release from the Ministry of External Affiars.

Wang Yi also expressed his support to India and cited COVID-19 as a ‘commonn enemy’. He ensured that China would facilitate the smooth and unhindered movement of the required products and raw materials from suppliers in China.

Yi added that Chinese companies would be encouraged and supported to deliver requisite materials. Airports, customs and airlines would also be instructed to smoothly facilitate movement of goods. Chartered flights from India would be welcome and specific problems raised by the Indian side sorted out quickly.

The two leaders also discussed the issue of disengagement at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. Jaishankar said that even though the process of disengagement has started this year it is still unfinished. The Minister further said that the completion of the withdrawal process would be a huge boost to the relationship between the two countries.

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