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China-India Standoff: China Says Consensus Reached With India

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying referring to the current standoff between India and China and (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh said on Monday that India and China have reached a consensus not to escalate the situation further, and maintain peace and stability along the border together. The confrontations between troops along their disputed border led to injuries and tensions between the two Asian countries.

Both China and India held commander-level talks over the border dispute in which the two sides reached a consensus to maintain peace and stability along the border together. Chunying in Beijing said that recently diplomatic and military channels of the two sides have maintained close communications on the situation along the border. One consensus is that the two sides need to implement the two leaders’ consensus and make sure that differences do not escalate into disputes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held two summits where they had decided to maintain peace and tranquility along the borders. China’s spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry further added that the overall situation is stable and controllable and the two sides are ready to engage in consultation to properly solve the relevant issues.

“The two sides will continue the military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas,” the Chinese ministry said in a statement.

The ministry issued a statement based on deliberations that happened during a meeting on Saturday between both the countries’ military delegates. It also stated that a meeting was held between the Corps Commander based in Leh and the Chinese Commander last Saturday in the Chushul-Moldo region. The meeting took place in a cordial and positive atmosphere.

The Indian military delegate was headed by the commander of Leh based 14 Corp, Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, and Chinese delegate was headed by Major General Liu Lin, Commander of South Xinjiang Military Region.

Both the countries 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, adds the statement from the ministry.

The ministry further stressed that both the countries noted that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Read: What Sparks The Recent China-India Border Standoff?

A clash took place at Pangong Lake on May 5 when troops from both the armies were involved in clashes, leaving several from both sides wounded. Sources further pointed out that the standoff was not a spontaneous reaction to India’s road construction in Ladakh. Unusual activities were first noticed a few weeks before the clash in May.

The current standoff in Ladakh is not the usual patrolling faceoff but part of the new combative strategy that was rolled out by China after the Doklam incident.

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