Amid the simmering tensions between the Indian and Chinese troops at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Galwan valley in Ladakh, New Delhi has gone tough against Beijing and called the Chinese leadership to respect and observe the LAC, with the view of having no grounds of further escalations at the border as either side had suffered casualties as the sequel of the violent confrontation on Monday -June 15.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Wednesday during which Beijing pressed that both sides should build the grounds for strengthening communication and coordination to resolve the prevailing differences to maintain peace and serenity in the border, which had witnessed the unprecedented face-off between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
India's foreign Minister Jaishankar, who is the former diplomat served as India's Ambassador to China, had strongly highlighted to Beijing that this unprecedented development will have a serious impact on the bilateral relations of the country and he further called his Chinese counterpart to reassess its actions and to take a corrective step.
The two leaders had a telephonic conversation amid the border tensions. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, both nations have agreed that the situation would be dealt with in a responsible manner and Delhi and Beijing would implement the consensus of disengagement understanding attained by both sides on June 6 and Jaishankar told Beijing that the face-off has been a planned action by China which was responsible for what has happened in the sequel.
Wang Yi-S Jaishankar talks: Strong message conveyed by Indian Foreign Minister to China, “What happened in Galwan was premeditated and planned action by China which was responsible for the sequence of events.” pic.twitter.com/KVWtHgtylL— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
The foreign ministers of both nations had amicably agreed that neither side would take have any grounds of escalating the matter and they reiterated that they must ensure peace with accord to the bilateral agreements and treaties and Delhi has called Beijing to strictly respect the LAC and should refrain from its unilateral actions of altering status quo in the border.
According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Wang Yi said the two sides should abide by the important consensus reached by the leaders of both countries and should strengthen the communication and coordination on the proper handling of the border situation through the prevailing channels to ensure to maintain peace and serenity in LAC. The reports say that two sides had agreed to deal with the face-off peaceful through dialogues.
Two sides should scrupulously & sincerely implement the understanding reached by Senior Commanders on June 6. Troops of both sides should also abide by bilateral agreements&protocols. They should strictly respect&observe LAC & shouldn't take any unilateral action to alter it: MEA https://t.co/dB6yN8hkOO— ANI (@ANI) June 17, 2020
The developments from the foreign ministries of India and China have come hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asserted that the sacrifice of Indian soldiers will not be in vain. The Prime Minister further cleared that India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated. The five-week border dispute row has become a national spotlight and a matter of serious concern for India.
On Monday, the troops from both sides of the aisle engaged in the border skirmish and clashed each other with irons as the violent face-off had escalated tensions. The Indian Army reported that it had lost 20 soldiers -including a colonel in the face-off while four others are under critical situation and the reporting of casualties at the LAC was the first time since 1967. According to ANI, India and China agreed to resolve border clash fairly and de-escalate as soon as possible.