Jaishankar meets China’s Wang Yi, says unilateral change of status quo along LAC not acceptable to India   

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Wednesday met China’s State Councilor Wang Yi and told him that unilateral change of status quo along the LAC was not acceptable to India. Jaishankar had a one-hour meeting with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Dushanbe SCO Foreign Ministers Meeting.

“Discussions focused on the outstanding issues along the LAC in the Western Sector. Highlighted that unilateral change of status quo is not acceptable. Full restoration and maintenance of peace and tranquility in border areas are essential for the development of our ties. Agreed on convening an early meeting of the Senior Military Commanders,” the foreign minister said.

Both the leaders had a detailed exchange of views on the current situation along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh. Jaishanker pointed out to Wang Yi that disengagement in Pangong Lake area earlier this year had created conditions for resolving the remaining issues. “It was expected that China would work with us towards this objective but the situation in the remaining area is still unresolved,” he said.

The minister also emphasized that it was in mutual interest that the two sides work towards early resolution of the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh, while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Jaishankar also recalled that both sides had agreed that a prolongation of the existing situation was not in the interest of either side. “It was visibly impacting the relationship in a negative manner,” the MEA said.