India and China have agreed on five points to guide their approach to the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held a bilateral meeting yesterday along the sidelines of the SCO Ministerial meet in Moscow. Both Ministers had a frank and constructive discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.
The two Ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes.
They further agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. Therefore agreeing that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions.
Both countries shall abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters.
The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC), should also continue its meetings.
Dr. Jaishankar and Wang Yi agreed that after the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquillity in the border areas.