CHINA China, India agree to promote consensus on easing border situation

CHINA

China, India agree to promote consensus on easing border situation

CGTN

22:21, July 01, 2020

Chinese and Indian border troops on Tuesday held a third round of talks at the corps commander level.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, speaking on Wednesday, said the two sides made positive progress in taking effective measures to disengage frontline troops and ease the border situation.

The spokesman added that the two sides continue working towards implementing the consensus reached at the two earlier rounds of commander-level talks and made progress in effective measures by frontline troops to disengage and deescalate the situation. 

China hoped the Indian side will meet China halfway, Zhao said, implementing the consensus reached by the two sides with concrete actions, maintaining close communication through military and diplomatic channels and working together to cool the border situation.

A serious incident between troops from both sides broke out on June 15 at Galwan Valley on the China side of the Actual Control Line after Indian border troops violated the newly-reached consensus, crossed the border and launched provocative attacks against Chinese personnel.

In a phone call between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on June 17, Wang asked the Indian side to conduct a thorough investigation and punish those responsible. He also urged the Indian side to stop provocative actions and avoid such incidents in the future.

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