(N.B. There are slight differences between the Chinese and Indian versions of the Joint Press Release that could be said to be no more than differences in translation but are notable nevertheless. Attention is drawn to these in the text below, with the strike-out font for parts of the Chinese version not included in the Indian one and italics font for parts not in the Chinese version but added in the Indian one, where they differ.
Separately, the Chinese Ministry of Defense Press Release having been released at 23.09 hours on September 22nd, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson’s regular Press Conference of September 22, 2020 did not touch upon the Joint Press Release, contenting itself with a brief general answer in response to the question by Prasar Bharati, as below. The MOFA website has not carried the Joint Press Release, neither in English nor in Chinese.)
Spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense Wu Qian said that on September 21, the sixth round of military commander-level meeting between the Chinese and Indian armed forces was held at the Moldo border talks meeting station. After consultation between the two parties, a Joint Press Release was issued. The relevant content is as follows:
On September 21, the Chinese and Indian armed forces held the sixth round of commander-level meeting. The two sides had candid and in-depth exchanges of views on stabilizing the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in China-India border areas. They agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication
and contact on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from changing the situation on the ground unilaterally and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation. The two sides also agreed to hold the seventh round of military commander-level meeting as soon as possible, take practical measures to properly manage (handle) solve problems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border area.
Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference September 22, 2020
Prasar Bharati: Yesterday, India-China corps commander-level talks were held at Moldo. Can you please provide some details about it?
Wang Wenbin: China and India held the sixth round of corps commander-level talks yesterday. The two sides exchanged views candidly on the border situation and agreed to maintain dialogue and consultation.