China, India agree to de-escalate tensions on contested border
Sep 14 2020
The two ministers also agreed that the two countries will abide by pacts signed in 1993,1996, 2005 and 2012 to maintain peace on their borders.
The Indian side conveyed strong concern over amassing of large number of Chinese troops along LAC.
Tension escalated manifold in eastern Ladakh following fresh face-offs between Indian and Chinese troops in Mukhpari area of Rezang-La ridgeline on Monday evening. Indian and Chinese foreign and defence ministers met on the sidelines of the meet, in first such political engagement in the four-month-long border standoff.
On Tuesday, following reports that five Indians from the state of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders China's Tibet, had gone missing, an Indian minister said that the Chinese People's Liberation Army confirmed they had been found in China.
India needs to show sufficient good faith and work together with China to maintain peace in the area, and refrain from "dangerous" attempts to change unilaterally the rules over border issues as stipulated in bilateral agreements, Lan said.
Both countries regularly accuse each other of instigating the fight in the Himalayan region of Ladakh by crossing the border, a poorly demarcated line that snakes through the inhospitable terrain. The CDS agreed to a request by NCP leader, Sharad Pawar who sought to know the details of the border row and said that a letter would be submitted to the comittee.
The government is likely to make a statement in parliament on the India-China stand-off, sources said today ahead of the tomorrow's monsoon session.
Second, significantly the Chinese Foreign Minister after the meeting stated, "We are ready to take conciliatory steps" and further added, "The most important thing is to avoid violations of obligations on the border".
The parties said communication will continue through their special representatives on the India-China boundary.
Former foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, who had also been Indian ambassador to China, said that issuance of the joint statement was a "constructive move".
September 10, 2020 (EIRNS)-As the foreign ministers of China and India meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers' meeting in Moscow today, both sides are beefing up their military forces along the China-India border.
Nothing short of full adherence to all agreements on management of border areas would be acceptable to India, the foreign ministry said.
"The two foreign ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side".
Following the conflicts, the two countries' foreign ministers spoke by phone, and their border troops held a commander-level meeting to manage tensions.
Jaishankar in his conversation told the Chinese minister that since the resumption of ties in 1976 and starting talks to demarcate their boundary in 1981, India-China relations had developed on a largely positive trajectory.
The meeting also carried out a comprehensive review of the security scenario in eastern Ladakh in view of fresh confrontation by two sides in the southern bank of Pangong lake earlier this week, the sources said.