India and China Agree to Resolve Border Standoff

By Subhadip Sircar and Sudhi Ranjan Sen

(Bloomberg) — India and China agreed to resolve a current border standoff peacefully in line with various bilateral agreements and will keep each other engaged as talks remains deadlocked.

“The two sides will continue military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas,” India’s ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

A meeting was held between Indian officials based in Leh and their Chinese counterparts in the Chushul-Moldo region on Saturday, the release said.

Talks were deadlocked and a resolution will come in the long haul, Indian officials with the knowledge of the matter said. There will be no reduction of troops or let-up in operational preparedness along the border, the officials said, asking not to be identified citing rules on speaking to the media.

“It appears that the current border tense will be resolved peacefully, however, one cannot predict the time-frame,” said General (retd.) S L Narasimhan, a member of the National Security Council Advisory Board which in part advises the government on China.