India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar had talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and conveyed a strong message that China needs to reassess its actions and take corrective step.
Senior Military Commanders from India and China held a meeting on June 6 and reached an agreement on de-escalation and disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Chinese side sought to erect a structure in Galwan valley on India side of the LAC. This pre-meditated and planned action resulted in violence and casualties. This development created a tension along the border again.
S Jaishankar spoke to Wang Yi over a telephonic call and reminded him of senior Military Commanders’ meeting and agreement on June 6. The Indian Foreign Minister a strong message conveyed to China, “What happened in Galwan was premeditated and planned action by China which was responsible for the sequence of events.”
Jaishankar told Wang Yi that it was agreed that the overall situation would be handled in a responsible manner, and both sides would implement the disengagement understanding of 6 June sincerely. “This unprecedented development will have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship. The need of the hour was for the Chinese side to reassess its actions and take corrective steps,” said the MEA.
Jaishankar said, “Two sides should scrupulously and 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.” He added, “In conclusion, it was agreed that overall situation would be handled in responsible manner & both sides would implement disengagement understanding of 6 June sincerely. Neither side would take any action to escalate matters & ensure peace as per bilateral agreements & protocols.”