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China ready to take conciliatory steps to de-escalate tensions at LAC: FM Wang

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that Beijing is ready to take “conciliatory steps” in order to avoid new violations of the obligations on India-Chinese border.
Speaking during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Wang said troops and equipment should be withdrawn from the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
“As for relations between China and India, the whole world follows developments. BRICS member states are in contact on the matter, I discuss it all the time with Minister Jaishankar and India’s security officials …,” Wang said.
“Indian partners expressed commitment to cooperation and dialogue for de-escalating tensions at the border. We are ready to take conciliatory steps … The most important thing is to avoid new violations of the obligations on the border … Troops and equipment should be withdrawn from the Line of Actual Control,” he added.
In September, Jaishankar met Wang on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Foreign Ministers’ meet in Moscow.
According to a joint press statement, the two leaders had a “frank and constructive discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas as well as on India-China relations.”
“The two Ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the series of consensus of the leaders on developing India-China relations, including not allowing differences to become disputes,” it read.
The meeting came days after Chinese soldiers fired in the air while attempting to close in on Indian positions across the LAC in eastern Ladakh.
In a statement about the meeting, the Chinese defence ministry said the two sides have reached a five-point consensus regarding the current situation after a full in-depth discussion.

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