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China speaks of peace and friendship ahead of another round of Sino-Indian commander-level talks on border issue

(TibetanReview.net, Mar14’21) – China and India agreed to hold another round of commander-level talks as soon as possible to further ease the situation on the ground and jointly safeguard the hard-won peace and stability in the border areas, reported China’s official globaltimes.cn Mar 12, citing the 21st Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs on Mar 12. 

The report said the meeting was attended by representatives from diplomatic, national defense and immigration departments of the two countries. 

The two sides were stated to have spoken highly of the results of the disengagement between the frontline troops of the two countries in region around Pangong Tso Lake area of Ladakh and to have had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on promoting the settlement of other issues in border area. 

The report cited a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying the two countries agreed to keep the China-India border situation under control and avoid any repeat of border clashes, and the two sides agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through diplomatic and military channels.

It was noted that China and India had smoothly completed the disengagement of frontline troops in the Pangong Tso Lake area in February.

The report recalled that Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had said during the just-concluded “two sessions” in Beijing that China and India were “friends and partners, not threats and opponents, and facts have proven that one-sided confrontation won’t solve the problem, and peaceful negotiations are the way out.”

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