China and India Hold 26th Meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs
2023-02-23 02:38

On February 22nd, 2023, H.E. Mr. Hong Liang, Director-General of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs China and Dr. Shilpak Ambule, Joint Secretary of the East Asia Division and External Affairs Minister’s Office of the Ministry of External Affairs of India co-chaired the 26th Meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on China-India Border Affairs in Beijing. Representatives of government agencies for foreign affairs, national defense and immigration affairs of the two countries attended the meeting.

The two sides reviewed the positive progress of the previous management and control along the China-India border areas, affirmed the achievements made in the disengagement of border troops of the two countries at four locations, including the Galwan Valley, and exchanged in-depth views on the next-phase consultation. The two sides reached consensus as follows:

First, the two sides agreed to actively implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries,and promote the further stabilization of the border situation. 

Second, the two sides agreed to consolidate the outcomes of negotiation, strictly observe the agreements and protocols signed and relevant consensus reached by the two sides, avoid recurrence of the situation on the ground, and work jointly to safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas.

Third, the two sides agreed to work in the same direction on the basis of previous consensus, speed up to deal with the relevant issues on the western section of the China-India boundary, so as to reach a mutually acceptable solution at an early date. The two sides discussed other measures to further ease the border situation, and agreed to make efforts in promoting border situation to the phase of normalized management and control.

Fourth, the two sides agreed to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels, and hold the 18th round of Corps Commanders Level Meeting at an early date.

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