Saturday, 28 May, 2022
Advertisement
HomeDiplomacyIndia and China once again agree to de-escalate in Ladakh, maintain peace,...

India and China once again agree to de-escalate in Ladakh, maintain peace, build trust

Foreign ministers Jaishankar and Wang Yi agreed that the current situation in the border area is not in the interests of both sides, a joint statement said.

Text Size:

Bloomberg: India and China pledged to de-escalate tensions along their disputed Himalayan border after their foreign ministers met Thursday for the first time since May when the stand-off began.

Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi agreed that “the current situation in the border area is not in the interests of both sides,” they said in a joint statement after meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Moscow organized by Russia.

The nations “should abide by the existing border affairs agreements and regulations, maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, and avoid any actions that may escalate the situation,” they said.

India and China have been increasing their troop strength along the 3,488-kilometer (2,167-mile) border known as the Line of Actual Control since May. The military standoff, in which gun shots were fired this week for the first time since 1975, remains unresolved despite multiple rounds of negotiations between military commanders and diplomats and two phone calls between Wang and Jaishankar.

The latest skirmishes came just days after Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghe, agreed to ease tensions after “frank and in-depth discussions” in Moscow.


Also Read: China wanted ‘no escalation’ on hotline call in the day, tried to capture territory at night


It’s led to deteriorating economic ties, with India limiting Chinese investments, tightening scrutiny on visas and moving to keep Huawei Technologies Co. out of 5G networks. India last week banned 118 Chinese apps including Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s popular game PUBG Mobile Lite and payments service Alipay, following up on its June ban of several applications including ByteDance Ltd.’s viral short-video service TikTok.

Differences worsened after India, in its first offensive move since the conflict began, moved thousands of soldiers to mountain peaks to claim vantage points along the south bank of Pangong Tso — a glacial lake roughly the size of Singapore — to counter what it views as an intrusion by Chinese forces.

The decision to capture high ground that was previously unoccupied revived tensions that had cooled since June when 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese troops were killed in brutal hand-to-hand combat.

“The two foreign ministers agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should speed up the completion of new mutual trust-building measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquility in the border area,” they said in the joint statement.

China separately said it was “willing to support enhanced dialogue between the frontier troops on both sides to resolve specific issues.”- Bloomberg


Also Read: India sits on Black Top with Helmet under its boots. A 1962 tactic by China is now likely


 

Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it

India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises.

But the news media is in a crisis of its own. There have been brutal layoffs and pay-cuts. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle.

ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here.

Support Our Journalism

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s quite possible, sensing the determination of the Indian leadership, China may come down from an aggressive posture to diplomacy .

  2. Please understand this.

    Real power is with dragon cpc head.

    Dragon foreign minister or Defence minister just do lip service.

    Any agreement made with these ministers are recipe for our disaster as the power is yielded by supreme authority.

    These talks are nothing but a ploy to keep us distracted while the supremo gives orders to make more incursions and engagements.

    Before giving any ideas on face saving remember haksars shimla draft after which Bhutto came screaming beta hua hain.

Comments are closed.

Most Popular

×