India and China have agreed on a five-point plan to defuse tensions on the eastern Ladakh border.
The two foreign ministers made the remarks at a sideline meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference in Moscow, Russia, on Friday (September 11th).
The new plan includes adherence to the 1993 and 1996 border agreements between the two countries on border management and the restoration of peace and order on the border to resolve any tensions.
Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Minister S Jayashankar said tensions on the border were on the rise due to the aggressive and provocative behavior of Chinese troops. At the same time, he said such behavior by Chinese troops was a violation of bilateral agreements.
Tensions have been running high along the Ladakh border for some time now. India and China have recently deployed large numbers of troops, including heavy military equipment, to demonstrate their strength. There were also incidents of firing blank shots.
At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashes between the two sides on the border last June. Since then, tensions between the two countries have escalated.
After the talks, the two countries said in a joint statement that neither side wanted instability on the border.