India and China’s Top Diplomats Meets To Resolve Border Faceoff

India and China’s diplomats met on Thursday in Moscow to talk about the escalated tensions on the Ladakh border. After four-months of border tension between the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi met in-person to ease the tensions and restore the peace. The two of them were in Russian Capital to attend the meeting of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

During the almost two-hours long discussion, the two of the diplomats reached on a “five-point” consensus to reach the disengagement on the border. “The statement issued by the Chinese foreign ministry is their perception of the dialogue which was not agreed to by the Indian side. EAM Jaishankar said that the two sides should abide by the past agreements and protocols to make the border peaceful,” Hindustan Times reported, citing the statements from the officials in Moscow.

Earlier, both the countries accused each other of firing into the air which was a clear violation of pact and past protocols. India’s Foreign Ministry said that Indian troops had “scrupulously followed all the agreements and protocols” and also added that a large concentration of Chinese troops at the LAC was a clear violation of the 1993 and 1996 agreements. In response to this, the Chinese Foreign Ministry didn’t give any concrete explanation for its actions. Wang Yi said that Chinese “has not provided a credible explanation for this deployment. The provocative behavior of Chinese frontline troops at numerous incidents of friction along the LAC also showed disregard for bilateral agreements and protocols.” The shots were fired on LAC for the first time in 45 years which escalated the matter.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Beijing in a statement that it “is willing to support enhanced dialogue between the frontier troops on both sides to resolve specific issues”. “Wang outlined China’s stern position on the situation in border areas, emphasizing that the imperative is to immediately stop provocation such as firing and other dangerous situations that violate the commitments made by the two sides.” It also added that now India and China needs co-operation and not confrontation.

The Global Times, a tabloid published by China’s ruling Communist Party, reported on Wednesday that PLA was moving their armored vehicles and soldiers into the borders. Moreover, it also wrote that the Chinese side should be prepared to take military actions in case the diplomatic talk fails. “India has abnormal confidence in confronting China. It does not have enough strength. If India is kidnapped by extreme nationalist forces and keeps following its radical China policy, it will pay a heavy price,” the newspaper said.

Besides the military tensions on the border, India banned the Chinese video-sharing app TikTok which had around 100 Million users in the country. Along with this, it also banned PUBG Mobile and other 117 Chinese apps. To reverse India’s government decision, PUBG Corporation has broken off its publishing ties with Chinese gaming company Tencent. Moreover, to counter China’s increasing footprint in the Indo-Pacific region, India has inked a military pact with Japan which will enable the sharing of military logistics between the two countries.