The foreign ministries of China and India agreed in a joint statement on Friday that their troops would have to quickly deal with a month-long standoff on their long-disputed Himalayan border.
Chinese State Counselor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar met in Moscow on the sidelines of the SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting to end the most serious and controversial dispute over unethical borders.
” The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either party. The statement said that they agreed that the border troops on both sides should continue their dialogue, disband quickly, maintain proper distance and reduce tension.
Separately, China’s foreign ministry said it would maintain communication with India through diplomatic and military channels and committed to “restoring peace and tranquility” in the disputed border region.
Referring to the Moscow meeting, China said that Wang had told Jaishankar that it “essentially has to stop firing and other dangerous actions such as incitements that violate commitments made by both sides.”
He said all personnel and equipment on the border should be moved and troops on both sides should move forward, “ending the situation as soon as possible”, so that it could escalate the situation.
‘Kingdom of Puffs’
The Global Times, a newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, took a more pronounced tone in an editorial published ahead of the two ministers’ meeting.
The newspaper said, “The Chinese side must be fully prepared to take military action if diplomatic engagements fail, and its border troops must be able to respond to emergencies, and be ready to fight at any time , “The paper said.
It accused India of fretting over the 1962 conflict, and described the country as “An unprecedented state of puffing “.
# 环球 时报 editorialIf India wants peace, China and India should uphold the LAC dated November 7, 1959. If India wants war, China will oblige. Let us see which country can outperform the other. https://t.co/O0EkXVACG8 pic.twitter.com/tdbOEvjVUQ
– Global Times (@globaltimesnews) September 10, 2020
Wang and Jaishanka met earlier this week after a border clash with each accusing them of air firing during a confrontation at their border in the Western Himalayas, long-held protocols on the use of firearms at sensitive borders. Violation. .
The Chinese ministry said the two countries reached a five-point consensus on reducing tensions in the region, including the need to follow existing agreements to ensure peace.
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