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India and China have agreed on five points to guide their approach to the situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Foreign Minister Dr. S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi held a bilateral meeting yesterday along the sidelines of the SCO Ministerial meet in Moscow. Both the Ministers agreed for early disengagement and easing of tensions at the LAC.

The two Foreign Ministers agreed that the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side and agreed that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue and maintain proper distance.

The two countries also agreed on not allowing differences to become disputes. Both sides also agreed to take guidance from the series of consensus between leaders of the two countries on developing India-China relations.

In a joint statement released after the bilateral meeting,it is  informed that both the Ministers agreed that the two sides will abide by all the existing agreements and protocol on India-China boundary affairs and maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas. They also agreed to avoid any action that could escalate matters. Consensus was arrived at continuing  dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism and the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC).

Dr. Jaishankar and Mr. Wang Yi agreed that after the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquillity in the border areas.



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