First agreement between China and India since June clash a pledge for peace

First agreement between China and India since June clash a pledge for peace

  • Foreign ministers meet in Moscow for first time since Himalayan border tensions turned deadly
  • Agreement follows last week’s escalation which saw both sides accused of firing warning shots

China and India have pledged to enhance mutual trust to ensure peace along their disputed borders in their first formal agreement since June, with Beijing saying the two nations were not a threat to each other.

The pledge came as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met for the first time since their border stand-off turned deadly in June, leaving 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unknown number of casualties on the Chinese side.

The two foreign ministers agreed that the stand-off was “not in the interest of either side,” according to a joint statement released following their meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Moscow.

“They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions,” it said.

“The ministers agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new confidence building measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquillity in the border areas.” The statement said both sides should avoid any action that could escalate matters.