New Delhi: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is capable of giving befitting reply to Chinese aggression in Eastern Ladakh, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday dialled up External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar over phone and discussed the border dispute. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: Effigies Burnt to Boycott China as Angry Protests Break Out in Jammu Over Death of 20 Army Soldiers
During the telephonic conversation, the Chinese Foreign Minister stressed that both sides should strengthen communication and coordination to resolve the differences to maintain peace and tranquillity along the border in Ladakh. Also Read - Nation Salutes Our Immortal Heroes: Amit Shah Pays Tribute to 20 Soldiers Who Lost Their Lives in Ladakh Standoff
The foreign ministerial level talks on phone came after 20 personnel of Indian Army were killed in the clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night. Also Read - What is Centre’s Strategy to Deal with Situation on Border: Sonia Gandhi Asks PM Modi on Ladakh Face-off
Wang said the both the sides should follow the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and strengthen the communication and coordination.
The Chinese Foreign Minister said proper communication and coordination should be done to properly handle the border situation through the existing channels so as to jointly maintain peace in the border area.
However, both the sides agreed to deal fairly with the serious events caused by the conflict in the Galwan Valley, jointly abide by the consensus reached at the military-level meetings between the two sides.
On the other hand, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told Wang Yi that the unprecedented incident in Galwan Valley will have a serious impact on the bilateral relationship. He also asked China to take corrective steps.
“The external affairs minister conveyed the protest of the government of India in the strongest terms on the violent face-off in Galwan Valley on June 15,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
The MEA said that Jaishankar referred to a meeting between senior military commanders of the two sides on June 6 where an agreement was reached on de-escalation and disengagement along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Jaishankar conveyed to Wang that while there was some progress on the situation, the Chinese side sought to erect a structure in Galwan valley on the Indian side of the LAC.
“While this became a source of dispute, the Chinese side took pre-meditated and planned action that was directly responsible for the resulting violence and casualties,” the MEA said.
During the telephonic talks, it was decided that the overall situation would be handled in a responsible manner, and both sides would implement the disengagement understanding of June 6 sincerely.