Rajnath Singh meets Chinese Defence Minister at latter’s request in Moscow

New Delhi, September 5, 2020: Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh met General Wei Fenghe, State Councillor and Defence Minister of China on September 4 in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting.
The two Ministers had frank and in-depth discussions about the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.
The Raksha Mantri categorically conveyed India’s position on the developments along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including in the Galwan valley in the Western Sector of the India-China Border Areas in the last few months.
He emphasised that the actions of the Chinese troops, including amassing of large number of troops, their aggressive behaviour and attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo were in violation of the bilateral agreements and not in keeping with the understanding reached between the Special Representatives of two sides.
The RM stated clearly that while the Indian troops had always taken a very responsible approach towards border management, but at the same time there should also be no doubt about our determination to protect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
State Councillor and Defence Minister of China said that both sides should scrupulously implement the consensus reached between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi Jinping and continue to solve the issues through dialogue and consultation, strictly follow the various bilateral agreements, strengthen the regulation of frontline troops and not undertake any provocative actions that might escalate the situation.
The two sides should focus on the overall situation of India-China relations and work together to de-escalate the situation as soon as possible and maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
The Chinese Defence Minister suggested that both sides should maintain communication at all levels including the two Ministers.
The Raksha Mantri said that both sides 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 development of bilateral relations and that two sides should not allow differences to become disputes.
Accordingly, the two sides should resolve the ongoing situation and outstanding issues in the border areas peacefully through dialogue.
The Chinese Defence Minister conveyed that Chinese side too wanted the issues resolved peacefully.
The Raksha Mantri advised that it was important that Chinese side should work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest from all friction areas including Pangong Lake as well as de-escalation in border areas in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols on maintenance of peace and tranquillity in border areas, strictly respect and observe the line of actual control and should not make attempts to unilaterally change status quo.
He said that the situation should be handled responsibly and neither side should take any further action that could either complicate the situation or escalate matters in the border areas.
The Raksha Mantri conveyed that the two sides should continue their discussions.

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