The agreement between India and China on border issues has been making headlines lately. But what is the official name of this agreement?
The agreement is formally known as the “Agreement on the Maintenance of Peace and Tranquility along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China Border Areas.” This mouthful of a name may seem like a bureaucratic formality, but it actually conveys the importance of the agreement.
The “Line of Actual Control” refers to the de facto border between India and China, which is not officially recognized by both countries. The agreement`s focus on “peace and tranquility” underscores the fact that tensions have run high in this region for decades, with both sides accusing each other of incursions and aggression.
The agreement was first signed in 1993 and has been revised multiple times since then, with the latest revision being in 2013. It outlines various measures to reduce tensions along the border, such as giving advance notice of patrols and not using firearms in the vicinity of the Line of Actual Control.
Despite the agreement, border incidents have continued to occur, with the most recent clash in June 2020 resulting in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese soldiers.
The name of the agreement may not roll off the tongue, but it serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining peace and stability along the India-China border. As tensions continue to simmer, it remains to be seen how effective the agreement will be in preventing further clashes.