Beijing: China today said it is ready to explore new “ways and approaches” with India for peace at the borders as officials of the two countries held working mechanism border talks for the second day here today.
“We are ready to make joint efforts with the Indian side to explore ways and approaches to safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a media briefing while replying to question about reported proposal by China for a code of conduct for the two armies to defuse tensions arising out from patrolling of the disputed areas.
“We will enhance our coordination, consultation and cooperation on border related affairs,” Qin said.
An Indian delegation headed by Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary, East Asia of the Indian External Affairs Ministry held the sixth round of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination for the second day.
The mechanism which was formed in 2012 came in handy to deal with the crisis arising from Chinese troops' incursions at the Depsang valley in April last year near the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during which the People's Liberation Army (PLA) troops pitched their tents.
It was eventually resolved with the withdrawal of the Chinese contingent followed by the landmark Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) signed during the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here last year.