New Delhi: Foreign Minister S Jaishankar held talks in Moscow with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi a short time later. The meeting lasted for about 3 hours, in which several important issues were discussed. According to sources, the deadlock in Ladakh was discussed by the Foreign Ministers of the two countries. The talks between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries were held at a time when the recent incident of Indian and Chinese forces coming face to face on the Line of Actual Control. Tensions have increased along the eastern Ladakh border. The Indian Army said on Tuesday that the Chinese Army attempted to get close to the Indian Post near the southern coast of Pangong Soo in eastern Ladakh the previous evening and fired in the air. This is the first incident of firing on the Line of Actual Control after a gap of 45 years. The army said this in its statement after the People’s Liberation Army of China alleged on Monday evening that Indian soldiers had allegedly crossed the Line of Actual Control and opened fire near Pangong Soo as a warning.
Jai Shankar and Wang Yi are in Moscow to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting. It is expected that the purpose of bilateral dialogue between the two leaders is to find ways to reduce tensions in eastern Ladakh. Earlier, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and China’s Defense Minister General P Fenghe met last Friday on the sidelines of the Bee SCO summit but no concrete result was revealed.