Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghi is understood to have sought a meeting with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh on the sidelines of a key Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meet in Moscow, people familiar with the development said on Thursday. However, there is no official confirmation about it.
New Delhi strongly urges Beijing to sincerely engage with Indian side for expeditiously restoring peace in border areas
New Delhi has strongly urged China to sincerely engage with Indian side for expeditiously restoring peace in border areas through complete disengagement and de-escalation. Briefing media, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the way ahead is negotiations, both through the diplomatic and military channels. He stated that the Indian side is firmly committed to resolving all outstanding issues through peaceful dialogue.
The spokesperson said it is clear that the situation over the past four months is a direct result of the actions taken by the Chinese side that sought to effect unilateral change of status quo. He said these actions resulted in violation of the bilateral agreements and protocol which had ensured peace and tranquility in the border areas for close to three decades.
Mr Srivastava said the ground commanders are still holding discussions to resolve the situation. He reiterated the consensus reached between the two Foreign Ministers and Special Representatives that the situation in the border areas should be handled in a responsible manner and either side should not take any provocative action or escalate matters.
India occupied a number of strategic heights on the southern bank of Pangong lake and strengthened its presence in Finger 2 and Finger 3 areas in the region to thwart any Chinese actions. China has strongly objected to India’s move.
India has also rushed in additional troops and weapons to the sensitive region following the Chinese attempts.