New Delhi: India and China held a detailed discussion in Moscow on Thursday on the rising tensions in the India-China border areas. The meeting lasted two-and-a-half hours, say sources.
The meeting was held with State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi.
According to sources External Affairs Minister, Jaishankar underlined the incidents in eastern Ladakh stating that it impacted the development of the bilateral relationship, and an urgent resolution of the current situation was in the interest of both nations.
“EAM underlined that since the resumption of Ambassadorial level relations in 1976 and holding of boundary talks since 1981, India-China relations have developed on a largely positive trajectory. While there have been incidents from time to time, peace and tranquility have largely prevailed in the border areas. As a result, Idnia-China cooperation also developed in a broad range of domains, giving the relationship a more substantive character,” the sources said.
“In the meeting, the Indian side highlighted its strong concern at the massing of Chinese troops with equipment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). 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. The Chinese side has not provided a credible explanation for this deployment. The provocative behaviour of Chinese frontline troops at numerous incidents of friction along the LAC also showed disregard for bilateral agreements and protocols,” they said.
“It was also emphasised that the Indian troops had scrupulously followed all agreements and protocols pertaining to the management of the border areas.”