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India-China agree on five-point plan to resolve border stand-off

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Following the fresh escalation of tensions in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India and China have agreed to adopt a five-point plan to resolve the ongoing border stand-off.

The five-point plan includes following all protocols and agreements related to the management of the de-facto border. It also includes following existing agreements for avoiding activities that could escalate the dispute and maintaining peace in the area.

A discussion in this regard was held between external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The discussion was held in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting of foreign ministers.

Notably, India and China are entangled in a border face-off in multiple areas of eastern Ladakh along the LAC. The stand-off started in May and is still continuing. Recently, Chinese troops engaged in provocative actions in the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake. These attempts were thwarted by the Indian Army.

India raised concern over Chinese transgressions

During the meeting of the foreign ministers, India raised concern over China amassing troops along the LAC. India conveyed to the Chinese side that the provocative behaviour of Chinese troops along LAC showed disregard for bilateral pacts made earlier between the two nations.

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India also urged China for comprehensive disengagement of troops in all friction areas.

Five-point resolution plan

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a joint press statement early on Friday. The statement highlighted the five points that were agreed by both sides.

“The two foreign ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed, therefore, that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue. The countries also agreed to quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions,” the MEA said.

The joint statement also said that Jaishankar and Wang came to a consensus that both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus reached between leaders of the two countries on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes.

This assessment was a clear reference to decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at their two informal summits in 2018 and 2019.

The joint statement also said that the two sides have agreed to continue to engage in dialogue and communication.

“They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC) should continue,” the statement added.

 

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