Top Chinese and Indian military commanders have arrived at a consensus on the “outstanding issues” and agreed to take necessary measures to “cool down” the situation at their borders, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday Gen Harinder Singh, the commander of the 14 Corps, held a nearly 11-hour meeting with Commander of the Tibet Military District Maj Gen Liu Lin in an attempt to lower the temperature between the two sides. The talks were held in the midst of escalating tension between the two countries following the violent clashes in Galwan Valley last week that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead, significantly escalating the already volatile situation in the region. Asked for the details at what transpired at the meeting of the top commanders held at the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the two sides expressed the wish to control the situation through dialogue and consultation. “On June 22, the Chinese and Indian border troops held the 2nd commander-level meeting at the border areas This is also the first commander level meeting since the Galwan Valley clash happened on June 15,” he said. “This meeting showed that the two sides wish to control and alleviate the situation through dialogue and consultation. “During the meeting and based on the consensus reached at the first commanders level meeting (on June 6), the two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on the outstanding issues and agreed to take necessary measures to cool down the situation, Zhao said. The two sides agreed to continue with the dialogue and jointly work for the peace and tranquillity of the border between two nations. In New Delhi, All Indio Radio quoting Army sources claim that India and China have reached a consensus to disengage in the Eastern Ladakh sector following prolonged dialogue. At the Corps Commander level meet between the two countries at Moldo, both sides agreed to disengage from all friction areas. Army sources say that the Corps Commander level talks ended in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere. Modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both sides. The meeting had started at around 11:30 AM on Monday, June 22 on the Chinese side of Line of Actual Control (LAC) opposite Chushul to defuse the tensions in the Eastern Ladakh sector. This was the second meeting between the two corps commanders following violent face-off on the night of June 15 for several hours between two armies. Both sides suffered substantial casualties. They had met on June 6 and had agreed to disengage at multiple locations. Meanwhile, India stresses on need to respect principles of international relations at RIC trilateral virtual meet of the Foreign ministers of Russia, India and China. India’s FM
Dr. S Jaishankar has said that respecting international law, recognizing legitimate interests of partners, supporting multilateralism and promoting common good are the only ways of building a durable world order. In his opening remarks at the Russia-India-China- RIC trilateral Foreign Minister’s Video Conference today, EM Dr. Jaishankar said that this Special Meeting reiterates our belief in the time-tested principles of international relations. The challenge today is not just one of concepts and norms, but equally of their practice. The leading voices of the world must be exemplars in every way. The United Nations began with 50 members and today it has 193, heading UN’s decision making surely cannot continue to be in denial of this fact. He said Russia, India and China have been active participants in shaping the global agenda and it is India’s hope that RIC will also now converge on the value of reformed multilateralism.