China, India agree to contain border tensions

The defense and foreign ministers of China and India agreed to maintain stability in the common border area and work to solve the related issue soon.

This came in a joint statement, issued on Thursday, after the 14th round of officials from both sides in high-level negotiations, according to “Sputnik” agency.

The talks took place at the meeting point of Ch’chul and Moldo, which is on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control, which is the de facto border between the two countries.

“The two sides also agreed to consolidate previous results and make effective efforts to maintain security and stability on the ground in the western sector, including during the winter season,” the statement released by the Chinese Defense Ministry said.

The two sides also agreed to maintain close contact and dialogue through military and diplomatic channels, and to reach solutions to other issues that would satisfy the two countries. The officials stated that the next round of talks “should be held as soon as possible.”

The previous round of talks was held in October 2021 and proved to be a failure, and the Indian Defense Ministry said: The Chinese negotiators rejected its call to restore peace in the region.

Before that, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin described the situation on the border as stable. He said the two sides are in contact through military and diplomatic channels.

It is worth noting that the protracted conflict between the two countries stems from the lack of agreement on the border extent of their territories, and the escalation of tension in May 2020, which led to a number of bloody clashes and an increase in the military presence.