India’s firm stance at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Dushanbe seems to be bearing fruit as the current situation in Ladakh is affecting bilateral relations.
India’s firm stance at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting in Dushanbe appears to be having an effect. China’s Foreign Ministry has said it is ready to find a “mutually acceptable solution” to issues that need to be “resolved immediately” through dialogue. Previously, India had sent a clear message to China that bilateral relations were being affected in a seemingly “negative” manner due to the prolonged persistence of the current situation in eastern Ladakh.
Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during an hour-long meeting in Dushanbe that any unilateral change in the status quo along the real line of control was “not acceptable For India. He said that relations can develop holistically only after the full restoration of peace in eastern Ladakh. The meeting in the capital of Tajikistan comes at a time when there is a standoff between the two armies in the process of withdrawing their forces on the last points of confrontation in eastern Ladakh.
“Indo-Chinese relations remain at a low level”
Earlier in February, the two armies withdrew their weapons and forces from the Pangong Lake areas after military and political talks to resolve the stalemate since May last year. China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website Thursday regarding talks between Jaishankar and Wang, that the minister said relations between India and China remained “at a low level,” while the valley of Galwan and Pangong. the border “generally improves” after the forces withdraw from the lake. Despite this, he said, relations between China and India are still at a “low level” which is in “no one’s interest”.
China reiterated its old position that it is not responsible for the situation along India’s border with its country. Wang said, “China is ready to find mutually acceptable solutions to the issues which urgently need to be resolved through dialogue and consultation with the Indian side.” China has withdrawn its troops from the Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso, but the process of withdrawing forces from other conflict areas such as Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang in eastern Ladakh is not over. Jaishankar categorically stated during the meeting with Wang that the prolongation of the current situation in eastern Ladakh is clearly having a “negative impact” on bilateral relations.
No progress on the Chinese side to rectify the situation: Jaishankar
Jaishankar said that since the forces withdrew from the Pangong Lake areas in February, there had been no progress on the Chinese side to rectify the situation. Jaishankar told Wang that any unilateral change to the status quo on the Line of Effective Control (LAC) is “not acceptable” to India and that relations can only develop holistically after the full recovery of peace in eastern Ladakh. The Chinese Foreign Ministry statement said Wang had agreed to hold talks for a mutually acceptable solution to “matters requiring immediate resolution.”
Wang said the two sides should place the border issue in their rightful place in bilateral relations and create an environment conducive to resolving disputes through dialogue by expanding the positive aspects of bilateral cooperation. He said: “To continue the progress made through the withdrawal of forces, strictly respect the consensus and agreement reached between the two parties, refrain from taking unilateral measures in sensitive controversial areas and restore the situation resulting from misunderstanding. “, he said. It is important to avoid being born. ‘
“We need to take a long-term approach, we need to move from emergency management to normal border management and control mechanisms, and we need to prevent border incidents from unnecessarily disrupting bilateral relations,” said China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs. “There has been no change in China’s strategic position on Sino-Indian relations,” he said. Sino-Indian relations should not be a threat to each other, but an opportunity for everyone’s development. The two countries are partners, they are neither rivals nor enemies.
About 50,000 to 60,000 troops deployed along the LAC
“The principles of Sino-Indian relations should be based on mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-aggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and mutual respect for each other’s interests. “Wang said. He said the path of dialogue between China and India should mainly focus on cooperation, mutual benefit and complementarity, healthy competition and avoidance of conflict. The Chinese Foreign Minister said that China and India today assume greater responsibilities for peace and prosperity in their respective regions and in the world in general.
He said that we should pay more attention to our common strategic interests and bring more benefits to the people of both countries. Recalling their last meeting in Moscow in September 2020, Jaishankar stressed the need to honor the then agreement and complete the process of withdrawing forces and resolving the remaining issues along the LAC in eastern China. Ladakh at the earliest. . According to military officials, around 50,000 to 60,000 troops are currently deployed along the LAC on either side in the sensitive area.