A day after the two counties India and China held high-level talks between the militaries of both the countries to resolve the tense situation along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, both sides have agreed to resolve the border issues in accordance with various bilateral agreements, said the Foreign Ministry on Sunday.
India had requested the talk, which was held on Saturday at the Border Personnel Meeting Point in Maldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The Foreign Ministry in a statement noted that peace and tranquility in the India-China border regions are essential for the overall development of bilateral relations. Adding to it the Foreign Ministry also mentioned that the meeting was held in a positive environment and stated that the dialogue will continue at military and diplomatic levels.
“It took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere. Both sides agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements and keeping in view the agreement between the leaders that peace and tranquility in the India-China border regions is essential for the overall development of bilateral relations,” the Foreign Ministry said in the statement.
Further in the statement it said, “Both sides also noted that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and agreed that an early resolution would contribute to the further development of the relationship.”
14 Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh led the Indian delegation to the Chinese border meeting point at Moldo near Chushul. The Chinese army team was led by Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military District.
New Delhi and Beijing “will continue the military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas”, said the government.
Ahead of the Saturday meeting of the army commanders, Naveen Srivastava, joint secretary (East Asia) in the Foreign Ministry, and Wu Jianghao, director general in China’s Foreign Ministry joined a video call and vowed that “the two sides should handle their differences through peaceful discussion” and “not allow them to become disputes”.
The present tension between the two sides came into sharp focus when reports of skirmishes between the soldiers of both sides were reported in the Pangong Lake region on May 5 and May 6 and the construction of road connecting the Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie road in Galwan Valley.
Indian troops have not been allowed to go beyond Finger 4 on north bank of Pangong Tso, compared to earlier when Indian patrols could go 8 kilometers further till Finger 8, which is the LAC according to India.
India also says the Chinese have been hindering normal patrolling along the LAC in Ladakh and Sikkim.
Since the clash started India has claimed about Chinese infantry soldier intrusion in areas like Demchok to the South, the Fingers region on the Eastern banks of the high-altitude Pangong Lake, the Galwan River basin and more recently the Gogra post.
The India-China boundary covers the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control.