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Removal of Troops from Border Increases Better Ties Between India and China

September 17, 2021

According to India’s foreign minister, bilateral relations will only improve if both countries pull their soldiers back from a clash on their disputed Himalayan frontier. When Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on the margins of a regional conference in Dushanbe on Thursday, they reviewed the possibilities for both sides. “Disengagement was discussed.” Since last year, when antagonism over a decades-old border issue erupted, tens of thousands of Indian and Chinese forces have been locked in combat in the western Himalayas. Tensions erupted into hand-to-hand combat in June of last year, resulting in deaths on both sides, the first in decades. Their forces have taken a step back after multiple rounds of talks between their leaders.

In other sectors, however, troops backed by weaponry remain fixed in close proximity. “China has always handled the China-India border issue correctly and positively,” Wang said. “Both sides should collaborate to keep the border areas peaceful and tranquil, and to prevent border incidents from recurring.” China and India, as two major emerging economies, should strengthen their bilateral ties.

China and India went to war over their border in 1962, and the conflict has never been resolved. Nonetheless, trade ties have grown in recent years. Jaishankar stated that he and Wang also discussed recent global events. He didn’t go into specifics. Jaishankar also stated that India-China relations should be viewed bilaterally. “It is also critical that China does not see its relations with India through the eyes of a third country,” he told Wang. The two top officials are in Dushanbe for a SCO meeting. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are scheduled to address the gathering via video link later on Friday.

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