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China and India Hold the 21st Meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on Border Affairs

2021/03/12

On March 12, 2021, Director-General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Hong Liang and Additional Secretary of the East Asia Division of the Ministry of External Affairs of India Naveen Srivastava co-chaired the 21st Meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs via video link. Representatives from departments related to diplomacy, national defense and migration of both countries attended the meeting.

The two sides appraised the disengagement of the front-line troops of the two countries in the Pangong Lake areas, and had candid and in-depth exchange of views on promoting the resolution of other issues in the China-India border areas. Both sides agreed to implement the five-point consensus reached by the foreign ministers of both countries in Moscow and the spirit of the phone conversation between the two foreign ministers on February 25, 2021, to stabilize and control the border situation and avoid relapse. The two sides agreed to continue dialogue and communication via diplomatic and military channels, hold the next round of Senior Commanders Meeting at an early date to further de-escalate the situation on the ground, and jointly maintain the hard-earned peace and tranquility in the border areas.

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