Incursions along the Sino-India border were sometimes inevitable, China said on Thursday even as quiet diplomatic efforts in Beijing were on to resolve the issue that cast a shadow over President Xi Jinping’s visit to India last week.
Indian envoy to China, AK Kantha had a series of meetings with officials from foreign and defence ministries along with officers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soon after he returned from New Delhi following Xi’s visit.
Indian diplomats here refused to talk about the meetings with Chinese officials but there were indications that the issue of the latest round of incursions in the Ladakh area will be resolved soon.
The “outcome” of the meetings in Beijing would be revealed soon, it was learnt.
“As we all know, Sino-Indian border has not been demarcated, sometimes a case is inevitable, but will not affect the overall situation of Sino-Indian friendly cooperation,” defence ministry spokesperson, Geng Yansheng, said at the monthly press briefing on Thursday.
“Some problems occurred in the border area, with smoother lines of communication on both sides, to be resolved properly through dialogue and consultation, joint control situation, maintaining peace and stability in the border areas,” Geng said, according to a transcript of the media briefing put up on the defence ministry website.
“I would like once again to stress that Sino-Indian border has not been demarcated, sometimes some individual cases are inevitable. The important thing is that both sides should seriously implement relevant agreements signed by the two countries, enhance mutual understanding and trust, strengthen dialogue and cooperation, and jointly maintain peace and stability in border areas,” Geng said.
He added: “On the recent situation, both sides will communicate effectively through relevant mechanisms. Currently, the events have received timely and effective control”.
Citing the bilateral Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) signed last year, Geng said that the many elements of this agreement are already implemented or being implemented.
He added that For example, in case of a confrontation, both sides should exercise utmost restraint, hold flag meetings along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The spokesperson added that according to the joint statement issued during Xi’s India visit, it was agreed that peace and tranquility in the border areas between China and India is the guarantee of development and sustained growth of bilateral relations.