Will the dispute over LAC end? India-China foreign ministers meet, have they become friends?

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India said Jaishankar met Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Astana where they agreed that “prolonged escalation of the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side.”

India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Kazakhstan on Thursday, where the two agreed to step up dialogue to resolve issues along their border at the earliest, New Delhi said in a statement. India and China share a long Himalayan border, much of it poorly demarcated, and relations between the two countries have been strained since a military standoff in July 2020, when at least 20 Indian soldiers and four Chinese soldiers were killed. India said Jaishankar met Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Astana, where they agreed that “prolonged escalation of the current situation in the border areas is not in the interest of either side”.

The two leaders agreed to increase meetings between their diplomatic and military officials to resolve the remaining issues as soon as possible, India’s foreign ministry said in a statement. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who began his third straight term last month, said in April that the two countries should urgently address the long-standing situation on their border. The two nuclear-armed countries have strengthened their positions since 2020 and deployed additional troops and equipment along the frontier, which has been uneasy neighbours for decades after a bloody border war in 1962.

“They reaffirmed the importance of fully adhering to the relevant bilateral agreements, protocols and understandings reached between the two governments in the past. The two countries have previously agreed to maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels,” the New Delhi statement said. Jaishankar also stressed on the need to intensify efforts for the complete withdrawal of troops from the remaining areas in eastern Ladakh and the return of normalcy in their relations, the statement said.

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