Rajnath meets Chinese Defence Minister; categorically conveys India’s place on latest developments

Tribune News Service

Moscow, September 5

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe in Moscow on Friday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) assembly.

The two ministers had frank and in-depth discussions concerning the developments on the India-China border areas in addition to on the India-China relations.

Rajnath categorically conveyed India’s place on the developments alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC), together with in Galwan Valley within the western sector of the India-China border up to now few months.

The Indian Defence Minister additionally laid emphasis on the actions of the Chinese troops, together with amassing of a lot of troops, their aggressive behaviour and makes an attempt to unilaterally alter the established order, which had been in violation of the bilateral agreements and never consistent with the understandings reached between the particular representatives of the 2 sides.

Singh mentioned whereas the Indian troops had all the time taken a really accountable method in direction of border administration, there must be little doubt about our dedication to guard our nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Wei Fenghe mentioned each side ought to scrupulously implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping.

The Chinese Defence Minister mentioned each international locations ought to proceed to resolve the problems by means of dialogue and session, strictly observe the varied bilateral agreements, strengthen the regulation of frontline troops and never undertake any provocative actions which may escalate the state of affairs.

“The two sides should focus on the overall situation of India-China relations and work together to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible and maintain peace and tranquillity on the India-China border,” Fenghe added.

The Chinese Defence Minister additionally prompt that each side ought to keep communication in any respect ranges, together with between the 2 ministers.

Rajnath mentioned: “Both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders that maintenance of peace and tranquillity on the India-China border was essential for the further development of our bilateral relations and that two sides should not allow differences to become disputes. Accordingly, the two sides should resolve the ongoing situation and outstanding issues in the border areas peacefully through dialogue.”

The Chinese Defence Minister conveyed that the Chinese facet, too, desired to resolve the problems peacefully.

Singh mentioned it was necessary, subsequently, that the Chinese facet ought to work with the Indian facet for full disengagement on the earliest from all friction areas, together with Pangong Lake in addition to de-escalation in border areas in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols on the upkeep of peace and tranquillity in border areas, strictly respect and observe the LAC and mustn’t make makes an attempt to unilaterally change establishment.

He added: “The current situation should be handled responsibly and that neither side should take any further action that could either complicate the situation or escalate matters in the border areas. The two sides should continue their discussions, including through diplomatic and military channels, to ensure complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC at the earliest.”

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