China and India should not "drain each others' energies", says Chinese foreign minister

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias meets his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Athens
China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a news conference following his meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, Greece, October 27, 2021. REUTERS/Louiza Vradi

BEIJING, March 7 (Reuters) - China and India should help each other accomplish goals, instead of "draining each others' energies", Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday.

Ties between the two Asian giants deteriorated after a fatal border clash in the Galwan valley in June 2020 left at least 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers dead.

At an annual press briefing in Beijing, Wang acknowledged that ties with India had "met with some setbacks" in recent years.

He said that "some forces" have tried to create conflict and division between China and India.

Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Toby Chopra

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