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Keeping the border issue in the “right position”, focusing on long-term ties: China and India News from India

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BEIJING: China said on Wednesday that it was committed to maintaining peace and stability along the Royal Line of Control (ALC) and urged India to put the boundary issue in an “appropriate position” and resolve it “by halfway “to the long-term development of bilateral ties.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said this at his press conference when he rejected questions about India’s claim that the consensus reached by leaders on maintaining peace along the border is not supported. can sweep under the rug.
India’s ambassador to China, Vikram Misri, in his recent speech at the India-China dialogue forum said that the importance of the consensus reached between the leaders of the two countries to maintain peace throughout LAC cannot be “swept away. under the rug “and called for the disconnection of troops in eastern Ladakh to be completed to rebuild bilateral ties strained by the” serious incidents “.
In a candid address to the ICWA (Indian Council of World Affairs) -CPIFA (Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs) virtual dialogue on April 15, Misri also questioned Chinese officials, ignoring the “significant consensus” reached by the leaders of the two parts. on the importance of maintaining peace in LAC.
When asked about his reaction, Wang said the two sides held deep and sincere talks to resolve the disengagement of the remaining areas of Eastern Ladakh after the withdrawal from the Pangong Tso Lake area.
The top commanders of the two armies held the eleventh round of talks on April 9 to withdraw troops from the Hot Springs, Gogra and Depsang areas in eastern Ladakh.
“China’s position on the issue of the China-India border is consistent and clear. We are committed to maintaining peace and stability in the border areas and firmly safeguarding sovereignty and national territorial security,” Wang said.
Recently, China and India have been in close communication through diplomatic and military channels. On the basis of the disengagement in the Galwan Valley and Pangong Lake area, the two sides have had a sincere and in-depth exchange of views on promoting the agreement. of the remaining problems in the western sector of the China-India border, “he said.
“We hope that the Indian side will work with China to meet halfway, take into account the general interests of the long-term development of China-India relations, put the border issue in a proper position in bilateral relations, and carry to China to India’s relations return to the path of solid and steady development, “he said.
To a follow-up question to Misri’s remarks, Wang reiterated that “we hope that the Indian side will work with China to meet halfway, take into account the general interests of the long-term development of China-India relations, appreciate the “De-escalation of the situation in the border areas, hard-won, defend peace and tranquility in the border areas with concrete actions and return the China-India relations to the path of solid and steady development.”
When asked why China is not withdrawing its troops from the remaining areas after the Pangong Tso withdrawal, Wang said: “I want to emphasize that recently, China and India have maintained close communication through diplomatic and military channels.”
“On the basis of realizing the disconnection in the Galwan Valley and the Pangong Lake area, the two sides have had a sincere and in-depth exchange of views on promoting the settlement of outstanding issues in the western sector of the border. between China and India, “he said.
“We hope that the Indian side will work with China to meet halfway, follow the relevant agreements and consensus between the two countries and the two armies, and defend peace and tranquility in the border areas with concrete actions,” he added.
In his speech, Misri said that the “sustainable solution” to the “current difficulties” in China-India relations is that “there must be one, as suggested by Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar, that is based on in mutual sensitivity and respect. the way to maximize our mutual interests. ”
“The first is to point out the importance of the two sides having maintained a sustained diplomatic and military dialogue in trying to resolve the problems. So far, these discussions have helped achieve a substantial withdrawal of our forces,” he said.
The second is to point out that senior leaders on both sides have made a commitment and agreed that we must achieve complete disengagement in all areas of friction. That would be an important first step in considering reduction; it would also help restore peace and tranquility and, together, provide the conditions for gradual and step-by-step progress in the bilateral relationship, ”he said.
“This is also what would begin to restore trust in the relationship and help us rebuild the foundation of the relationship that was damaged by the actions of last year in eastern Ladakh,” Misri had said.

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