China hopes India will strictly abide by agreements to calm border tension

Relations between China and India deteriorated since a deadly confrontation in Galwan Valley last year, however, both sides are in talks to de-escalate the border tensions.

China on Thursday hoped that India would strictly abide by the signed agreements between the two sides and stabilize the situation in the borders areas with real actions.

“We hope Indian side will work with China to follow through the important consensus of our two leaders and abide by relevant agreements and treaties to de-escalate the tension at the border,” Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing held here.

When asked if the next military talks between top-level officials from China and India will be delayed, he refuted the remarks, saying that the two sides are in communication for holding the 11th round of talks. There has been no talk about a postponement.

He however stressed that the merit of the situation at the China-India border is very clear and the responsibility does not rest with the Chinese side.

When asked if China will consider Indian proposal that the status quo of April 2020 should be restored, he said, “I believe it should be talked about in the meetings.”

Relations between China and India deteriorated since a deadly confrontation in Galwan Valley last year.

The two sides began formulating a disengagement plan to withdraw troops and establish no-patrol zones in November 2020. On February 10, Chinese and Indian border troops on the southern and northern shores of Pangong Lake began their disengagement as planned.