May 2020 News

Situation At India Border Overall Stable, Controllable: China

27 May 2020
K J M Varma

Beijing: China on Wednesday said that the situation at the border with India is 'overall stable and controllable,' and both the countries have proper mechanisms and communication channels to resolve the issues through a dialogue and consultation. The comments by the Foreign Ministry spokesman came in the backdrop of the continuing standoff between the militaries of India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, during a media briefing here, said that China's position on the border related issues is clear and consistent. 'We have been following the important consensus reached by the two leaders and strictly observing the agreements between the two countries,' he said, apparently referring to the directions of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after their two informal summits, asking the militaries of the two countries to take more confidence building measures to maintain peace and tranquillity along the borders. The foreign ministry's remarks came a day after President Xi ordered the military to scale up the battle preparedness, visualising the worst-case scenarios and asked it to resolutely defend the country's sovereignty. Zhao said: 'We are committed to safeguarding our territorial sovereignty and security, and safeguarding peace and stability in the border areas. Now the China-India border area situation is overall stable and controllable'. Between the two countries, we have good border related mechanism and communication channels. We are capable of resolving the issues properly though dialogue and consultation,' he said, confirming reports that the diplomatic efforts were on to ease the border tensions. Asked where the talks are taking place, Zhao said the two countries have established border related mechanisms and diplomatic channels. This includes the communication between border troops and between our diplomatic missions, he added. The nearly 3,500-km-long LAC is the de-facto border between the two countries.