Months after the bitter Doklam standoff ended, India and China officially held the first border talk meeting in Beijing to discuss border-related issues on Friday. This is the first border talk session between India and China, after Doklam.
It has been over two months since the Doklam tri-junction territorial stand-off was verbally called off by both India and China after diplomatic talks. Both countries were almost at war, literally – so close, but thanks to the diplomatic approach that India and China agreed to mutually withdraw their militaries and maintain peace in the region. It has been two months since the Doklam issue has been resolved, but there were no border-talk sessions after that – until yesterday.
On Friday, the 10th round of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) was held in Beijing. WMCC was established in 2012 with a goal to build institutional mechanism for consultation and coordination for the maintenance of peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas. During Friday meeting, both sides positively reviewed the situations in all sectors of Indo-Chinese borders and exchanged views on enhancing Cross-Border Meetups and military communication. Apart from that, India and China agreed to maintain peace and coordination in the border regions so that there can be a sustained growth in bilateral relations between both countries.
While India tried to pull off the idea of keeping Chinese troops away from building the disputed military grade road in India-China-Bhutan tri-junction area called Doklam; the Chinese negotiated their intentions on the military presence in the area. But as of now, both countries have agreed to nurture confidence-building measures and strengthen military contacts. Now that the peace negotiations have been made, all eyes are set on the India-Russia-China trilateral meeting that is to be held at New Delhi next month.