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Air strike was pre-emptive: Sushma tells China, Russia

“This terrorist attack is the direct result of the impunity and cover provided to the JeM and its leaders by the Pakistani side,” she said.

Ms. Swaraj made it plain to Mr. Wang that “the entire UN had spoken with one voice condemning the terrorist attack.”

Wuhan spirit

Despite India’s ongoing tensions with Pakistan, the Chinese Foreign Minister pointed to Beijing’s intent to pursue the “Wuhan spirit” — a reference to the two-day dialogue between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping to reboot India-China ties. “Last year, President Xi and Prime Minister Modi held a very important meeting at Wuhan, and this meeting led bilateral relations into an honest and stable new stage. Led by the leaders, all levels of bilateral relationship are doing well. Every level of the two countries and also international society are more optimistic of our bilateral relationship. In 2019, we are going to keep working on the consensus of the two leaders,” Mr. Wang said in his opening remarks.

Referring to the Wuhan informal summit, the External Affairs Minister said the decision to pursue “strategic communication” by the two leaders provided an “important foundation for the development of our bilateral relations.”

“This channel of strategic communication between the two of us and between senior officials of our two sides should always remain open.”

Stressing the importance of maintaining the Wuhan spirit, she said: “It is important for both sides to make sure the thorough and effective implementation of guidance given by the two leaders. Both sides have made efforts, and this should sustain the efforts.”