India-China standoff ends with withdrawal of both troops from Ladakh
BEIJING: China on Tuesday said the standoff with India
at the Ladakh region has been resolved as both sides completed simultaneous
withdrawal of troops, and underlined that the two nations have the
“determination and capability” to maintain peace and stability at the border
“On September 30, the frontier defence troops of the
two countries completed simultaneous withdrawal according to the steps
formulated by the two sides and restored peace and tranquillity in the area,”
the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
“The two sides reached a consensus on properly
resolving the recent standoff between the frontier defence troops at the border
between the two countries,” state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the press
statement as saying.
The Foreign Ministry said the two sides will continue
to communicate on issues relating to maintaining peace and tranquillity at the
border areas through the China-India border consultation and coordination
mechanism, a body established by both sides to resolve such issues.
“Both sides understand that friendly cooperation
conform with their common interests and peaceful and tranquil borders are
important for the growth of bilateral relations,” it said.
The Foreign Ministry said the “two sides have the
determination, wisdom and capability to jointly maintain peace and stability at
the border areas to create a sound environment for the expansion of bilateral
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese Foreign
Affairs Minister Wang Yi had met on September 25 at the United Nations and
discussed the border stand-off issue. The two armies were engaged in a
stand-off at Chumar region in Ladakh, coinciding with the first visit of the
Chinese President Xi Jinping to India.
Tension in the area erupted on September 21 when some
Chinese workers, who were constructing a road on their side, crossed into the
Indian side and also claimed that they had orders to build a road up to Tible,
5-km deep inside Indian territory.
As the two sides grappled to resolve the incident,
Chinese foreign and defence ministries had played it down saying that it was
not a significant issue in the overall contest of Sino-India relations.
Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman, Col Geng Yansheng
had said on September 25 that “I would like to emphasis again that because the
China-India border is not demarcated, it is sometimes inevitable that incidents
“What is important is for both sides to implement
agreements signed by both sides to boost mutual understanding and mutual trust
and make joint efforts to maintain peace and stability in the India-China
border region,” he had said.
He had skipped questions on why the incursion took
place coinciding with the visit of top Chinese leaders to India.
While Chinese troops entered the Depsang Valley in
Ladakh region last year during Premier Li Keqiang’s visit, the two armies were
engaged in a stand-off at Chumar region in Ladakh coinciding with the visit of
President Xi, creating speculation whether they were the pressure tactics by
the Chinese military to press for an early settlement of the boundary issue.