According to the Chinese press release, Wang said bilateral relations between the two Asian neighbors “have returned to the crossroads.” “But (he added), as long as both sides move in the right direction, there will be no difficulties or challenges that cannot be overcome.” “The Indian side has made it clear that it expects all border management agreements to be fully respected and that it is not trying to unilaterally change the status quo. It was also stressed that Indian troops have scrupulously abide by all agreements and protocols relating to the management of border areas,” the sources said. The sources said the Indian side has made it clear during the discussions that it expects all agreements relating to border zone management to be fully respected and that it will not tolerate any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo. In Delhi, Singh and the country`s top military debated the deal in five points, government sources said. The two sides have never stopped talking, and there is something missing between India and Pakistan. It`s always good to have conversations, but it should lead to something in the ground. It`s a strange situation. Mao may have said, talk, fight, fight, but this time it`s more talking, threatening-threatening. The damage they have done to relations, 40 years of understanding, 22 rounds of SR talks, two informal summits between the prime minister and the Chinese president, all have been destroyed. He threw out the window all the agreements, conventions, CBMs agreements to the next level. The hope of an immediate easing between the crisis is therefore a categorical “no”. Realistically, there is not enough reason to be optimistic.

We should never let our guard down. We should continue to be monitored in these areas, because it is not easy to trust the Chinese. The Chinese side is willing to support enhanced dialogue between border forces on both sides to resolve specific issues. The Chinese side will remain in contact with India through diplomatic and military channels and pledge to restore peace and tranquility in the border areas.┬áThe language of the statement is anodic and depends on many “sis,” but the fact that a “joint” statement has been made is an asset: This is the first good news in a week when it seemed that India and China have turned to an armed confrontation in the Pangong Tso region. . . .