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China-India agree to safeguard border peace

DUSHANBE

Chinese State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Thursday highlighted the importance of maintaining peace and tranquility within the border areas.

During their meeting within the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, Wang said that China has always been handling the China-India boundary issue with a positive attitude.

The communication between the diplomatic and military departments of the two countries has been earnest and effective, and therefore the situation on the borders is usually easing, he noted.

Wang expressed his hope that India will meet China halfway, working to stabilize things and gradually shift from emergency response to regular management and control.

He called on the 2 sides to consolidate the achievements of disengagement of front-line troops, strictly abide by the agreements and consensuses reached between the two countries, jointly safeguard peace and tranquility within the border areas and stop the recurrence of border-related incidents.

Wang found out that China and India, as two major emerging economies, should still adhere to the strategic consensus of not posing threats to every other but providing opportunities for every other’s development, and push bilateral relations and practical cooperation onto the track of sound and stable development.

This is not only within the common interests of the two countries but also conducive to regional and world peace and development, he stressed.

Jaishankar noted that India and China have made progress in handling the border situation, while there are still some issues to be resolved.

He said India is prepared to work with China, abide by the agreements reached between the 2 sides, push for a positive outcome of the subsequent round of the commander-level talks between the border troops of the two countries, and earnestly safeguard peace and tranquility within the border areas.

Jaishankar hopes that the 2 countries will make joint efforts to bring India-China relations back on target and guide all parties to make a more positive perception of the mutually beneficial relationship.

The Indian side doesn’t believe in the clash of civilizations and maintains that it’s very important for Asian countries to be united, he said, underlining that unity among Asian countries can’t be achieved without India-China cooperation.

He said India is prepared to strengthen communication and coordination with China within the frameworks of BRICS and also the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and jointly tackle terrorism and other global challenges.

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