The Finance Minister of China said to the Indian FAM, “The border situation is stable.”
According to meetings between Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Thursday, May 4, 2023, the circumstances along the border between India and China are “typically steady,” and both countries should “draw principles from the past.”
In his remarks, Mr. Qin noted that the situation along the China-India border is currently “generally stable” and that “both sides should continue to implement the signed agreement between the presidents of the two countries, combine the accomplishments, strictly adhere to the appropriate commitments and procedures, encourage additional cooling and minimising of the border situation, and maintain sustainable peace in the border area.
Following their discussions on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Benaulim, Goa, Mr. Jaishankar stated that he had a lengthy conversation with State Councillor and FM Qin Gang of China on our bilateral relationship and that the focus stays on solving remaining problems and maintaining peace and tranquilly in the border areas.
Indian authorities have reaffirmed that they believe China-India relations are still “abnormal” and have urged a quick conclusion to the disengagement process in the two remaining flashpoint regions of Depsang and Demchok. China has been dragging its feet in the sluggish disengagement negotiations, which have been going on for three years. Five places have seen disengagement from both sides, with some of them establishing buffer zones.
Both nations, according to Mr. Qin, are in a crucial stage of modernization and are the two most populous developing nations in the world.
He added, “To give national renewal momentum and to inject protection and positive energy into global peace and development, we should learn from the past, look at our bilateral relationships from a strategic and long-term viewpoint, respect one another, learn from one another, and make progress together. We should also embark on a new path of mutually beneficial growth and common regeneration among major neighbours.”
On the other hand, India has argued that this would only be feasible if the LAC disengagement is finished and peace is restored along the borders.