China and India are holding the 19th meeting on the consultation and coordination mechanism on the border issue, and the meeting is focusing on the implementation of the five-point consensus that the foreign ministers of the two sides reached in Moscow to deescalate border tensions, Chinese foreign ministry said.Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar issued a joint statement on a five-point consensus reached to deescalate border tensions, after their meeting in Moscow on September 10.
Wang and Jaishankar agreed that China and India should follow the guidance of the consensus reached between leaders of the two countries, including differences should not escalate into conflicts.
The current conflict in the border areas does not serve the interests of either side. Border troops of the two countries should continue to dialogue, disengage as soon as possible, maintain necessary distance and ease the current situation.
The foreign ministers also agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should speed up the completion of new measures to build mutual trust, and maintain and enhance peace and tranquility in the border areas.
China supports the border troops to strengthen on-site dialogue and solve specific issues. China is also ready to maintain diplomatic and military communication with India to restore peace and tranquility in the border areas.
Hu Zhiyong, a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times that after the foreign ministers of the two sides reached the five-point consensus in Moscow, Indian troops in the front line have yet to fulfill the consensus, so border tensions remain.
“India almost made no action to deescalate tensions after the five-point consensus reached in Moscow, but has reinforced its military deployment in the region,” he said.
An Indian affairs expert who asked for anonymity said, “India is probably waiting for the US to put more pressure on China in the West Pacific region. New Delhi doesn’t want to withdraw its troops so soon, since if the US launches a new offensive against China, India might have a chance to push China toward a compromise.”
China won’t unilaterally escalate tensions and will keep negotiating to at least stabilize tensions. But Chinese military is ready to handle any kind of situation, the expert told the Global Times.
(The Ministry of External Affairs’ Press Release on the meeting can be seen here.)