Extracts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
Prasar Bharati: First, Indian Defence Minister said yesterday that India and China have agreed to resolve the current border issue in a peaceful manner through dialogue. India has earlier also said that both sides should move the troops to their respective positions of April at the LAC. In this regard, my question is, why China is not moving its troops back to status quo of April? Second, yesterday, in a SCO meeting, Pakistani side displayed a “fictitious” map at the meeting in blatant disregard to the host Russia’s advisory and in violation of SCO charter which does not allow bringing up any bilateral issue at the forum. What is China’s reaction to this act?
Wang Wenbin: China’s position on the China-India boundary issue is consistent and clear. China has always strictly observed the relevant agreements signed by the two countries and is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the China-India border areas, while firmly safeguarding national territorial sovereignty and security. The responsibility for the recent border situation between China and India does not lie with the Chinese side. The Indian side is the first to violate bilateral agreements and important consensus, make provocations with illegally border-crossing, unilaterally change the status quo of the border area, and fire shots to threaten the safety of the Chinese border troops. What is pressing now is that the Indian side should immediately correct its mistake, disengage on the ground as soon as possible and take concrete actions to ease the tension and lower the temperature along the border.
Recently, the foreign ministers of China and India met in Moscow and reached five-point consensus on the current situation. We hope that India will work with China in the same direction, follow the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, put the differences in the proper place in bilateral relations, prevent them from escalating into disputes and avoid taking actions that may escalate the situation. China will continue to maintain dialogue and consultation with India through diplomatic and military channels and jointly make efforts to safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas.
On your second question, I am not aware of what you said. I will try to gather more information on that after the meeting.
Prasar Bharati: As you said, both sides want to resolve the border issue and you also mentioned certain incidents that stride across last three or four months. I was wondering if the situation can get back to the status quo of April and negotiations can move forward?
Wang Wenbin: Like I said, what is pressing now is that the Indian side should immediately correct its mistake, disengage on the ground as soon as possible and take concrete actions to ease the tension and lower the temperature along the border. We hope that India will work with China in the same direction, and China also stands ready to maintain dialogue and consultation with India through diplomatic and military channels and jointly make efforts to safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas.