India’s first high-level political meet with neighbouring China in a bid to end the deadlock over the tensions at Line Of Control(LOC) from the past few days, seems to end up on a bitter note.
Accused India of being entirely responsible for the border stand-off in Ladakh, China in an official statement released minutes after the meet stated that they won’t lose an inch of its territory.
India and China on Friday held their first high-level political meeting in Moscow ever since the clashed that erupted in May. The meeting headed by General Wei Fenghe from China and defence minister Rajnath Singh from India reportedly addressed disengagement and de-escalation at the LOC.
Going by the statements released by both the countries followed by the meeting, it was a blame game while Indian representatives claimed that the Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management.
“The current situation should be handled responsibly and neither side should take any further action that could either complicate the situation or escalate matters in the border areas,” stated Rajnath Singh in a tweet after the meet.
RM advised that it was important therefore that Chinese side should work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest from all friction areas including Pangong Lake as well as de-escalation in border areas in accordance with the bilateral agreements & protocols
— रक्षा मंत्री कार्यालय/ RMO India (@DefenceMinIndia) September 5, 2020
Reportedly, India conveyed to the Chinese that 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”.
While china called on India to “earnestly implement the important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and insist on resolving the issue through dialogue and consultation”. The two leaders met in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting.