India, China review row

India and China reviewed the fallout of the recent stand-off in Depsang Valley with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid seeking to make existing mechanisms more effective to respond with “greater urgency” in dealing with border violations, on Thursday.

The three-week stand-off figured prominently in talks between Khurshid and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi with both expressing satisfaction on its resolution while skirting a detailed discussion on why the Chinese troops intruded 19 kms into Indian territory in Daulat Beig Oldi (DBO) sector.

“We also discussed recent episode on the border on the Line of Actual Control. It is very refreshing to get a very positive and meaningful response from them(Chinese),” Khurshid, whose visit was under a cloud earlier because of the border row, said after his two hour-long talks.

He said there was “Appreciation of the manner in which India responded and persuaded and moved in a manner the solution was found”. “Ultimately the mechanism did deliver, also to be able to get data from this experience of what more can be done to make the mechanisms more effective and to be able to respond with greater urgency than what we are able to this time in 20 days”, he said.

Khurshid said, “There is tremendous amount of satisfaction that it was resolved in this manner.”

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