India, China seek to 'peacefully resolve' border face-off

India, China seek to ‘peacefully resolve’ border face-off


New Delhi: After a high-level meeting between army commanders, New Delhi said on Sunday that India and China had agreed to “peacefully resolve” the last border conflict, which exacerbated tensions between nuclear-armed neighbors.

In recent weeks, tensions have broken out between the two regional powers on the 3,500-kilometer (2,200-mile) border, which has never been properly divided.

Thousands of soldiers from both countries participated in this confrontation concentrated in the Ladakh region of Tibet opposite India.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: “The two sides agreed to settle the situation in the border area peacefully in accordance with various bilateral agreements.”

The Ministry of Defense added that the commanders agreed that the “early solution” was “essential” for the bilateral relationship between the two most populous countries in the world.

The statement said: “The two sides will continue to engage in military and diplomatic contacts to resolve the situation and ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas.”

At the border, there have been many confrontations and quarrels between Chinese and Indian soldiers, but in recent years they have become more frequent.

On May 9, several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a high-altitude cross-border conflict involving fists and stone-throwing in Sikkim.

Indian officials say that within a few days, the Chinese army violated the more western boundary of the Ladakh region.

India mobilized additional troops to the opposite position.

The dialogue took place in the Chushur-Moldo region between the two commanders, and it is believed to be the highest level meeting since the exchange in Sikkim.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Chinese President Xi Jinping have tried to ease tensions at the summit over the past two years, when they agreed to strengthen border exchanges between the two military forces.

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