Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bilateral Relations: India, China talk ways to ensure peace on LAC after incursions

Source: IRNA

New Delhi, July 24, IRNA -- India and China Tuesday discussed ways to ensure peace and tranquillity along the border in backdrop of recent Chinese incursions during a meeting here, first since three-week ˈface-to-faceˈ standoff in April at Depsang Valley near LAC in Ladakh.

India is understood to have raised these incursions and their impact but there was no official confirmation for the same.

The two-day meeting under working mechanism for consultation and coordination on India-China border affairs also ˈdiscussed all issues since the last meet in Novemberˈ, the PTI reported quoting sources as said.

ˈThe meeting deals with all issues of peace and tranquillity on the border.... However, this meeting does not deal with border issues as those issues are handled by Special Representatives on both sides. Also the meeting does not discuss Border Defence Cooperation Agreement since there is a separate mechanisms for that,ˈ spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said here.

The meeting is led by Joint Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs Gautam Bambawale and seniors officials of Ministry of Defence and Home Affairs from Indian side and a composite delegation of officials from Chinese side comprising members from various departments dealing with the boundary issue, he said.

Significantly, there was no member of Army in the composite Chinese delegation, the sources said.

While the meeting focused on how to maintain peace and tranquillity on the border and ensure better coordination and communication when incidents take place near the Line of Actual Control, the violation of status quo ante in Ladakh by Chinese troops in April apart from other Chinese incursions thereafter are understood to be discussed.

The Chinese incursions came days after India cleared a proposal to raise 50,000-strong Mountain Strike Corps along the border with China, a major boost to the Armyˈs war-fighting capabilities along the LAC.

The spokesperson also said that the meeting was part of series of regular interactions between the two countries.

Meanwhile, Chinese state media said it was ˈunwiseˈ to let the ˈisolated incidentsˈ to affect the ˈpromisingˈ Sino-India ties.

The commentary in the state-run Xinhua news agency, coinciding with todayˈs talks, also accused the Indian media of putting out ˈsensational reportsˈ, ˈharmingˈ the bilateral relations.

While the Chinese Foreign and Defence Ministries were yet to respond to queries relating to the fresh reports of incursions in Ladakh sector, the agency said, ˈThe disputes, a historical hangover, were not created in one day, neither will they be resolved overnight. It is unwise to let isolated incidents along the border to negatively affect the promising China-India relationship.ˈ