New Delhi: Amid the ongoing border tensions between both the countries, Indian external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held crucial talks in Moscow and proposes to set up new set of confidence building measures (CBMs) to maintain peace along the disputed boundary.
The two ministers agreed that 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.
They also 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.
According to a joint statement issued soon after the meeting on Thursday, both the ministers agreed that both sides shall abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters.
The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC), should also continue its meetings, it said.
“The ministers also agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquility in the border areas,” the joint statement added.