On Thursday, February 25, the Foreign Ministers of India, and the north-eastern neighbor China got involved in a conversation that lasted for almost 75 minutes. The two ministers spoke about the situation along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, and all the other problems that are related to the India-China relations. In addition, the disengagement of troops on the borders was also discussed.
The Foreign Ministry of China issued a statement that both the ministers, Wang Yi and S Jaishankar, have agreed on a decision to set up a “hotline” so that frequent and time-to-time communication can take place between the neighbors. The statement read, “Both parties agreed to establish a communication hotline to exchange opinions in a timely manner.”
The Foreign Minister of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, tweeted on his Twitter handle, “Spoke to State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi this afternoon. Discussed the implementation of our Moscow Agreement and reviewed the status of disengagement.”
On Friday, February 26, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) released a statement and said that the Chinese had “noted” the proposal of ‘three mutuals’ (mutual respect, mutual sensitivity, and mutual interests) given by the MEA and also and accepted having a hotline connection to remain in constant touch.
Apart from both sides confirming the requirement to assure that the present India-China relations should be maintained well, it is also important for the countries to have talks over the withdrawal of soldiers in the friction points along the border.
The statement released by MEA read, “Noting the completion of disengagement in Pangong Lake area, EAM emphasized that both sides should now quickly resolve the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. EAM said that once disengagement is completed at all friction points, then the two sides could also look at broader de-escalation of troops in the area and work towards the restoration of peace and tranquillity.”