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Disturbance of peace including violence will inevitably damage the relationship, S Jaishankar to Chinese counterpart

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang YI

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday (February 26, 2021) discussed the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi along with issues related to overall India-China relations. He said that boundary question may take time to resolve but the disturbance of peace and tranquillity including violence will inevitably have a damaging impact on the relationship.

During the discussion, Jaishankar referred to the meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister in September 2020 in Moscow where India had expressed its concern on provocative behaviour and unilateral attempts of the Chinese side to alter the status quo. India noted that bilateral relations have been impacted severely over the last year.

Jaishankar said that boundary question may take time to resolve but the disturbance of peace and tranquillity including violence will inevitably have a damaging impact on the relationship. He said that during their meeting in Moscow last year, both Ministers had agreed that the situation in the border areas was not in the interest of either side and decided that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage and ease tensions.

Jaishankar also noted that the two sides had maintained continuous communication since then through both diplomatic and military channels. This had led to progress as both sides had successfully disengaged in the Pangong Tso Lake area earlier this month. He emphasized that both sides should now quickly resolve the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh and once disengagement is completed at all friction points, then the two sides could also look at broader de-escalation of troops in the area and work towards the restoration of peace and tranquillity.

State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that both sides should make efforts to consolidate outcomes. It was also necessary to sincerely implement the common understanding reached at various levels. He spoke about the need to improve management and control in the border areas.

A prolongation of the existing situation was not in the interest of either side. It was, therefore, necessary that the two sides should work towards the early resolution of the remaining issues. It was necessary to disengage at all friction points in order to contemplate the de-escalation of forces in this sector. That alone will lead to the restoration of peace and tranquillity and provide conditions for the progress of our bilateral relationship.

Wang Yi also noted that the Indian side had proposed ‘three mutuals’ (mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests) as the approach to the relationship. He also agreed on the importance of taking the long view of our ties. The two Ministers agreed to remain in touch and establish a hotline.

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