Leaders’ consensus to maintain peace at borders cannot be ‘swept under carpet’, India tells China

India has told China that the significance of the consensus reached between their leaders to maintain peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) cannot be “swept under the carpet” and called for the complete disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh to rebuild bilateral ties strained by the “serious incidents” which has strongly impacted the public opinion.

In a candid address to the ICWA (Indian Council of World Affairs)-CPIFA (Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs) virtual dialogue on April 15, Indian Ambassador to China Vikram Misri also questioned the Chinese officials ignoring the “significant consensus” reached by the leaders of the two sides about the importance of maintaining peace along the LAC.

In his lengthy speech, Misri said no country can set the agenda for itself without agreements from other countries, in an apparent reference to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its flagship project the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor over which India has raised concerns as it is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The BRI is a multi-billion-dollar initiative launched by President Xi Jinping when he came into power in 2013. It aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea routes.

China also claims sovereignty over all of South China Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims.

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