Foreign ministries of China and India agreed in a joint statement on Friday that their troops must quickly disengage from a months-long stalemate on the long-disputed Himalayan border.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Moscow to try to end the dispute, the more serious in decades at the undefined border.
“The two foreign ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They therefore agreed that border troops from both sides should continue their dialogue, disengage quickly, keep the right distance and ease tensions, “the statement said.
Separately, the Chinese foreign ministry said it will maintain communications with India through diplomatic and military channels and is committed to “restoring peace and tranquility”
Processing the meeting in Moscow, China said Wang had told Jaishankar that “the imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as fire and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by both sides.”
All personnel and equipment that have crossed the border must be relocated and border troops on both sides “must disengage quickly” to reduce the situation, he added.
‘State of puff’
The Global Times, a tabloid controlled by the Communist Party of China, took a more strident tone in an editorial published before the two ministers met.
“The Chinese side must be fully prepared to take military action when diplomatic engagement fails, and its frontline troops must be able to respond to emergencies and be ready to fight at any time,” the paper said.
He accused India of harboring a grudge over the 1962 conflict and described the country as in “an unprecedented state of puff “.
# 环球 时报 Editorial: If India wants peace, China and India should support the LAC of November 7, 1959. If India wants war, China will oblige it. Let’s see which country can survive the other. https://t.co/O0EkXVACG8 pic.twitter.com/tdbOEvjVUQ
– Global Times (@globaltimesnews) September 10, 2020
The meeting of Wang and Jaishanka came after a border confrontation earlier this week, when each accused the other of shooting in the air during a confrontation at their border in the western Himalayas, a longstanding protocol violation. date on the use of firearms on the sensitive border.
The Chinese ministry said the two countries reached a five-point consensus on reducing tension in the area, including the need to abide by existing agreements to ensure peace.
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