India and China have agreed on a 5-point plan to resolve the ongoing border dispute in eastern Ladakh. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Moscow on Thursday evening on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting. The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement on Friday morning and detailed the talks of the foreign ministers.
Agreed on these 5 points plan:
- The foreign ministers of both countries agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They agreed, therefore, that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions.
- Both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes.
- Both countries should abide by all existing agreements and protocols in border matters. Keeping peace in the border areas should avoid such action, which is likely to spoil the atmosphere.
- As soon as the situation on the border improves, both countries should work fast, so that new measures can be taken to maintain peace and increase mutual trust.
- Negotiations will continue through Special Representative (SR) mechanisms. Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) meetings will also continue.
China tried to infiltrate 2 times in 4 days:
Tensions between India and China going on in eastern Ladakh since May, but the atmosphere worsened due to China’s infiltration attempt on the night of 29-30 August. Chinese troops tried to capture the hill at the southern end of Pangong Lake, which was thwarted by Indian soldiers. After this, there was a round of talks between the army officers of the two countries, but in the meantime, China tried to infiltrate for the second time in 4 days but failed every time.