India and China have agreed to step up engagements between their militaries by setting up hotlines between the Army headquarters. The two sides have also agreed to establish new border meeting posts to address incidents of incursions like the one in Ladakh area that occurred in September 2014.
This decision was disclosed by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in Beijing on 20 October 2014. The agreement was reached during the meet of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on India-China Border Affairs which was held in New Delhi from 16 October to 17 October 2014 October 2014. The two sides also reached the broad consensus on measures safeguarding peace and stability of the border area.
The consensus reached during the meet fully demonstrated strong willingness and positive attitude between the two countries to deal with the differences and safeguarding stability of border through cooperation. These measures will also help in building communication and connections between two militaries, especially the two border troops. It will also help the two sides to properly deal with border affairs.
It seems that the stable and sound development of China and India relations serves the fundamental interests of the two countries. It would also help in tackling their differences, and safeguarding stability of border through cooperation.
Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs
The meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs was held in New Delhi. The Indian delegation for the meet was led by Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Joint Secretary (East Asia) and comprised representatives of the Ministries of External Affairs, Defence and Home Affairs as well as members of the Indian Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police. On the other hand, the Chinese delegation was led by Ouyang Yujing, Director General, Department of Boundary and Oceanic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and comprised representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defence.
The next meeting of the Working Mechanism will be held at a mutually convenient time.
Who: India and China
Why: to curb incursions