India-China Agrees On Five-Point Plan: Moscow Talks

After meeting with Chinese Counterpart, External Affairs Ministers of India and China agreed on the five-point plans to eliminate tensions between present border disputes and transgressions in Ladakh.

Both countries agreed on “continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions”.

On Thursday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow agreed on to the plan during talks about border disputes. Jaishankar and Wang are in Moscow to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting. They met at a Russia-India-China lunch earlier in the day.

This was the first confrontation between India-China foreign ministers since border tensions and transgressions started since May. A Joint press conference released by the External Affairs Ministers of both the countries on Friday said that they agreed on the five point consensus by having a constructive feedback, criticism and discussions. Statement says “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.”

The statement mentioned above referring to the informal summits held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2018 and 2019.

The Statement added, “The two 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.”

Both the countries will continue to have dialogue mechanism and diplomatic conversation through special representative mechanism on India-China boundary questions.

China’s Statement

State-run news agency Xinhua says in his report, “it was imperative to immediately stop provocations such as firing and other “dangerous actions” in the border area in Ladakh that violate the commitments made by the two sides.” The country said it is important to have “all personnel and equipment that have trespassed.”

“The relationship between India and China has once again come at crossroads, But as long as the two sides keep moving the relationship in the right direction, there will be no difficulty or challenge that cannot be overcome.” Wang stated.