China and India are firmly opposed to any third celebration interference in the border dispute, the Chinese defence ministry mentioned on Thursday, including that the 2 nations have agreed to resolve variations by negotiating and consulting one another.
Referring to the fifteenth spherical of navy negotiations held on March 11, the defence ministry additionally mentioned the talks have been “positive” and “constructive”.
“China and India sides have agreed to properly handle the border issue through negotiation and consultation, firmly opposing interference from a third party,” Senior Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defence (MND) mentioned on the month-to-month press convention in Beijing on Thursday.
Wu was commenting on the current remarks by US assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific safety affairs Ely Ratner, who mentioned that India is dealing with a extreme state of affairs from the Chinese aspect alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC), to which the US pays shut consideration.
Ratner’s feedback got here in the run-up to the fifteenth spherical of navy talks between India and China held on March 11 to resolve the continued friction in jap Ladakh.
Wu additionally identified that the China-India border challenge is a matter between China and India. He mentioned “the two sides held discussions on continuing to promote the settlement of relevant issues in the area along the LAC in the Western Sector of the China-India border”.
“The two sides reiterated that the settlement of the remaining issues would help restore peace and tranquillity in the area and promote the development of bilateral relations,” Wu mentioned, in accordance to a transcript of Thursday’s press convention printed on a Chinese navy portal.
“The two sides had agreed to continue to keep security and stability on the frontline in the Western Sector, and maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels so as to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the remaining issues as soon as possible,” Wu mentioned.
Ahead of the talks, the Chinese overseas ministry had mentioned it was hopeful that India and China will make progress in the course of the March 11 talks to resolve friction at LAC. Indian officers had equally mentioned that current statements by either side to discover a mutually acceptable resolution have been encouraging and constructive.
The Indian delegation was led by commander of XIV Corps, chargeable for guarding the LAC with China in jap Ladakh, Lt Gen Anindya Sengupta.
For China, the delegation was headed by Maj Gen Yang Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military District, who had additionally led the discussions in the 14th spherical in January for the primary time.
Despite a number of rounds of diplomatic and navy talks over the previous two years, the 2 sides have been unable to finish the almost 22-month standoff in jap Ladakh.
Earlier this month, the Chinese overseas ministry advised HT that the Chinese aspect is working intently with India to attain an appropriate resolution to the standoff in jap Ladakh “as soon as possible”, and it contended that troop disengagement has taken place at Galwan Valley, Pangong Lake and, for the primary time, Hot Spring.
The Indian aspect has solely acknowledged disengagement of frontline forces on the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake and at Gogra.