India, China meet once more to resolve LAC standoff

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 20

Officials from India and China had a “candid and in-depth exchange of views” on the present scenario within the India-China border areas throughout a gathering of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on India-China Border Affairs right here on Thursday.

The assembly was held three days after Chinese Foreign Ministry stated China will proceed to work with India to correctly handle variations and “jointly uphold the big picture of bilateral relations”.

A readout by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated either side agreed to resolve the excellent points in an expeditious method and in accordance with the present agreements and protocols.

“The two sides were in agreement that restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas would be essential for the overall development of bilateral relations,” it acknowledged.

Sources say whereas Chinese troops have disengaged and moved again from Galwan Valley and Hot Springs, they’re but to vacate Pangong Tso Finger areas, Depsang and Gogra.

The MEA stated within the assembly either side resolved to proceed to sincerely work in the direction of full disengagement of the troops alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) within the Western Sector.

The two sides agreed to carry extra conferences at diplomatic and army ranges to make sure full disengagement.

The Indian delegation was led by Naveen Srivastava, MEA’s Joint Secretary (East Asia).

Incidentally, the MEA had expressed comparable sentiments after the final assembly of the WMCC in late July. It had then acknowledged that “both sides agreed that an early and complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC in accordance with bilateral agreement and protocols was essential for overall development of bilateral relations.”

This formulation was reiterated by the MEA official spokesperson at present as nicely.

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