After more than two-hour-long talk between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, both sides reached a five-point consensus with a strong emphasis on maintaining peace and tranquillity, dialogue, and disengagement.
EAM Jaishankar also conveyed India’s concern over recent incidents in eastern Ladakh and further raised the issue of provocative behaviour of Chinese frontline troops during numerous occasions.
India also expressed strong concern at the massing of Chinese troops with equipment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) saying the presence of such a large concentration of troops was not in accordance with the 1993 and 1996 Agreements and created flashpoints along the LAC.
During the meeting, the Chinese side failed to provide a credible explanation for this deployment.
‘PLA’s provocative behaviour showed disregard for bilateral pacts’
The two Ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes.
They further agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side saying the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions.
During the meeting, it was agreed that the two sides would continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question.
The Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC), should also continue with its meetings.
Both countries agreed that to de-escalate it was necessary to expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures.
China wants India to move back from Pangong Tso heights
The Chinese foreign ministry in its statement blamed India for the firing incident along the LAC saying that provocation such as firing and other dangerous situation that violates the commitments made by the two sides should be stopped.
Referring to the capture of strategic heights at Pangong Tso by the Indian security forces, Wang said, “It is also important to move back all personal and equipment that have trespassed; the frontier troops must quickly disengage so that situation may de-escalate.”
The Indian side also conveyed that it expected full adherence to all agreements on the management of border areas and would not tolerate any attempt to change the status quo unilaterally.
During the talks, the Indian side also highlighted that the Indian troops had scrupulously followed all agreements and protocols pertaining to the management of the border areas.