NEW DELHI :
India and China have resolved tensions relating to their border in Ladakh, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, after a reported scuffle broke out between the two sides due to differences in perception of where the border lies.
Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters that the matter has been resolved and was proof that existing mechanisms to defuse such crises between the two neighbours were working well. “The matter stands resolved," Kumar told reporters, adding that “It is also important to note how quickly the matter got resolved."
India and China have an unresolved boundary dispute that dates back to their 1962 war. Differences in perception over where the border lies has led to tensions, with both sides charging the other side of making incursions into the other’s territory.
The Times of India reported on Thursday that the face-off began when Chinese soldiers objected to Indian troops patrolling the north side of the 134km-long Pangong Tso in Ladakh. This led to a scuffle, which resulted in both sides calling in reinforcements, the report said. Two-third of Pangong Lake is controlled by China and the remaining by India. Last month, India bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories— Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir—after revoking Article 370 of the Constitution. China had then objected to New Delhi’s move given its dispute with India along border areas.
The differing interpretation of where the border lies has resulted in some serious standoffs like the 73-day-long Doklam face-off in Bhutan in 2017. Both sides later agreed to ensure strategic coordination between their two militaries with the aim of defusing such incidents without delay.
According to Kumar, India and China are to hold a round of talks between the special representatives of the two countries on the border dispute, but this may happen after Chinese President Xi Jinping visits India for the second informal summit with PM Narendra Modi next month. “I cannot say if this (border talks) is going to take place before the next informal summit between India and China," he said referring to the second meeting after the one held in Wuhan in April last year.
“Of course we are looking forward to the next informal summit (between Xi and prime minister Narendra Modi). We will announce the dates and the venue of the meeting very soon," he added.