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The Chinese and Indian Foreign Ministers Issue a Joint Press Statement and Both Sides Reach Five-point Consensus
2020/09/11

On September 10, 2020, local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of India held a bilateral meeting in Moscow. The two foreign ministers, in a candid and constructive attitude, discussed the development of the situation in China-India border areas and China-India relations.

I. The two foreign ministers agreed that both sides should follow the series of consensus reached between the two countries' leaders on developing China-India relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes.

II. The two foreign ministers believed, the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side. They also agreed that the border troops of the two sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions.

III. The two foreign ministers believed, both sides shall abide by the existing agreements and protocol on bilateral boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters.

Ⅳ. Both sides agreed to continue dialogue and communication through the special representative mechanism on the China-India boundary question, while the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on China-India Border Affairs should also continue its meetings.

V. The two ministers agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new confidence building measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquility in the border areas.

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