The Chinese and Indian foreign ministers agreed their troops must disengage from a stressed border standoff, maintain appropriate space, and ease pressures in the Ladakh area where both sides had their ancestral battle in decades in June.
India’s S. Jaishankar and China’s Wang Yi met from the Russian capital on Thursday night and agreed that”the present position in the border regions isn’t in the interest of both sides,” according to the joint statement issued on Friday.
Since then, the Indians have repeatedly accused each other of sending soldiers to the rival’s land and shooting warning shots for the very first time in 45 decades, threatening a full-blown army battle.
They didn’t set any deadline for its disengagement of thousands of troops at a standoff since May, but concurred that”either side will comply with of the current arrangements and protocol on China-India border events, preserve peace and tranquility in the border regions and prevent any actions that could escalate issues.”
Before this week, Jaishankar explained the present position along the Line of Actual Control as”very serious” and said that the state of the boundary cannot be separated in the state of their connection.
On Thursday, both states agreed the situation facilitates, they ought to expedite work to complete”new confidence-building steps to maintain and improve peace and tranquility in the border regions.”
In another announcement, Wang stated, “China-India relations have come to a crossroads.”
Wang”summarized China’s stern position about the problem in the border regions, emphasizing the key is to instantly discontinue provocations, such as shooting and other harmful activities that violate the obligations made by both sides,” the announcement said.
“It’s also very important to move all equipment and personnel which have trespassed. The frontier troops should immediately disengage so the situation could de-escalate,” it quoted Wang as saying.
The contested 3,500-kilometre boundary between the world’s two most populous states stretches out of the Ladakh area in the north into the Indian state of Sikkim. The most recent standoff is over parts of a pristine landscape which boasts the world’s highest landing strip and a glacier that feeds one of the largest irrigation systems in the entire world.
Both sides accuse the other of provocative behavior such as crossing into each other’s land and both have pledged to safeguard their territorial integrity.
The two countries fought a border war in 1962 that spilled into Ladakh and finished in an uneasy truce. Ever since that time, troops have mastered the undefined border region, sometimes brawling. They’ve agreed to not strike each other with guns.
Rival soldiers scuffled in May and June with clubs, rocks, and their fists at a battle onto a large ridge on June 15 leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead.