India and China today agreed that that situations like the Doklam face off that happened recently should not happen again, and for that they agreed that their Defence personnel should maintain close contact.
The border issues were discussed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit here today. Briefing media about the meeting, Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar said here that that peace and tranquility in the border area were pre-requisite for further development of relationship between two countries.
Without naming Doklam, the Foreign Secretary said that both the leaders, while recognising that it was natural that the two countries being a major powers were likely to have some differences, stressed that their defence personnel should maintain strong contacts to ensure that the ‘’sort of situation that happened recently did not recur.'
Dr Jaishankar said the meeting lasted for about an hour, during which both sides agreed to take forward the talks. They felt the need of finding common ground to deal with the differences between their countries. This is the first bilateral meeting at the top level between the two countries after the Doklam stand off on the trijunction with Bhutan which last for over two months and which ended just a few days before Prime Minister Modi embarked on his visit to China to attend the BRICS Summit.During this period,China had indulged in shrill war rhetoric, but India maintained silence and continued its diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis.
The face off had resulted after Indian troops entered Doklam, a territory which is disputed between Bhutan and China, to stop construction of a road that would have given China close access to ‘chicken neck’, the narrow strip of land that connects India with its north eastern states. A per the existing understanding status quo has to be maintained in Doklam till final resolution of the dispute.
The foreign secretary briefed media that both sides agreed to take forward the talks. He said common ground should be found to deal with the differences between India and China and that both the leaders also spoke about building mutual trust. "There was very strong affirmation at the leadership level," Jaishankar said.