Let us adhere to strategic assessment instead of poising threats: Chinese foreign minister
New Delhi, July 07: Both sides should adhere to the strategic assessment instead of posing threats. The two countries provide each other with development opportunities and both sides should pay great attention to the current complex situation facing China-India bilateral relations, Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi said.
He also said that both sides should work together to overcome and turn it around as soon as possible. He hoped that India could work with China to guide public opinion in the right direction, keep and advance bilateral exchanges and cooperation, and avoid amplifying the differences and complicating matters so as to jointly uphold the big picture of China-India, relations.
It may be recalled that the Special Representatives of India and China on the boundary question, Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor and Wang Yi, the foreign minister of China had a telephonic conversation on July 5.
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Both representatives held at video call on Sunday, before the Chinese soldiers were reported to have taken the first steps to move back from the stand off points in the Galwan area.
Both had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.
Both sides agreed that they should take guidance from the consensus of the leaders that maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas was essential for the further development of bilateral relations and that differences should not become disputes.
Both Doval and Yi agreed that it Wass necessary to ensure at the earliest complete disengagement of troops along the LAC and de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquillity.
In this regard, it was agreed that complete disengagement process must take place expeditiously. It was further agreed that both sides should also ensure a phased and stepwise de-escalation in the India-China border areas. They re-affirmed that both sides should strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and should not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo and also work together to avoid any incident in the future that could disturb peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
The Special Representatives agreed that diplomatic and military officials of the two sides should continue their discussions, including the under framework of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on the India-China border affairs (WMCC) and implement the understanding reached in a timely manner to achieve the above outcomes.
It was also agreed that the two Special Representatives will continue their conversations to ensure full and enduring restoration of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols.