New Delhi: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Xiamen in China for the BRICS summit next week, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going
The disengagement of troops from both sides is on the basis of diplomatic communication between India and China in recent weeks in respect of the incident at Doklam.
During these diplomatic communications, India was able to express its views and convey its concerns and interests.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs disclosed this in a statement here today (28 August) evening.
On the border dispute with China, Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs M. J. Akbar, in reply to a pointed query on encroachment by China had told the Lok Sabha (Parliament) on 9 August 2017 that there is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the border areas between India and China. From time to time, on account of differences in the perception of the LAC, situations have arisen on the ground that could have been avoided if we had a common perception of the LAC. The Indian Government regularly takes up any transgression along the LAC with the Chinese side through established mechanisms including border personnel meetings, flag meetings, meetings of Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs and diplomatic channels. The two sides agree that peace and tranquility on the border is the basis for the continued expansion of India-China relations.
The Minister had further told the House that China disputes the international boundary between India and China. In the Eastern Sector, China claims approximately 90,000 square kilometers of Indian territory in the State of Arunachal Pradesh. The fact that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India has been clearly conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions, including at the highest level.
Akbar also told Parliament that the Government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it.