State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, who is in Moscow to attend a joint meeting of Defense Ministers of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Collective Security Treaty Organization, held a meeting with participating Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on September 4, a reporter learned from the Chinese delegation.
Wei said that the recent relations between the two militaries have been seriously affected by the border issue, and it is important for the two Defense Ministers to have a frank face-to-face exchange of views on the issue. The cause and truth of the current Sino-Indian border tension is very clear, and the responsibility lies entirely with the Indian side. Not an inch of China’s territory can be lost, and the Chinese army has full determination, capability and confidence in safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The two sides should earnestly implement the important consensus reached between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi and adhere to solving the problem through dialogue and consultation. It is hoped that the Indian side will strictly abide by the series of agreements reached between the two sides, effectively strengthen control over frontline troops, refrain from provocations across the current line of actual control, refrain from any moves that could trigger a heating up of the situation, and refrain from deliberately speculating and spreading negative information. The two sides should focus on the overall situation of relations between India and China, as well as regional peace and stability, and work together to promote the current situation to cool down and moderate as soon as possible to maintain peace and tranquility in the China-India border region.
Singh said that in the current situation, border peace and stability are crucial to bilateral relations, and that channels for dialogue at all levels, including military and diplomatic, should be kept open to solve problems peacefully through dialogue and consultation. It is hoped that the two sides will adopt a responsible attitude, achieve full disengagement of frontline forces as soon as possible, avoid initiatives that escalate or complicate the situation, not let differences become disputes and push the two countries’ military relations back to the right track as soon as possible.
MEA: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh meets Chinese Defence Minister at latter’s request on the sidelines of SCO meeting in Moscow
September 05, 2020
Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh met General Wei Fenghe, State Councillor and Defence Minister of China on 4th September in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting. The two Ministers had frank and in-depth discussions about the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.
Raksha Mantri categorically conveyed India’s position on the developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including in the Galwan valley in the Western Sector of the India-China Border Areas in the last few months. He emphasised that the actions of the Chinese troops, including amassing of large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements and not in keeping with the understandings reached between the Special Representatives of two sides. Hon’ble RM stated clearly that while the Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management, but at the same time there should also be no doubt about our determination to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
State Councillor and Defence Minister of China said that both sides should scrupulously implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping and continue to solve the issues through dialogue and consultation, strictly follow the various bilateral agreements, strengthen the regulation of frontline troops and not undertake any provocative actions that might escalate the situation. 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 in the India-China border areas. The Chinese Defence Minister suggested that both sides should maintain communication at all levels including between the two Ministers.
Raksha Mantri said that both sides should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas 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 Chinese side too desired to resolve the issues peacefully.
Raksha Mantri 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 and protocols on maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas, strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and should not make attempts to unilaterally change status quo. He further said that 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. Raksha Mantri conveyed 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.
September 05, 2020