India, China take first step to de-escalate at LAC


Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 22

In what’s the first signal of India and China resolving the 20-week army standoff alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, the 2 sides have agreed to not add any extra troops alongside the frontline and chorus from unilaterally altering the bottom scenario.

A joint assertion was issued on Tuesday night time detailing the end result of the assembly of senior army commanders in Ladakh yesterday. The assembly had ended at 11 pm yesterday.

The assertion mentioned the 2 sides agreed “to stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may complicate the situation”.

In New Delhi, that is being seen as a primary step to resolve the problem on the LAC as each side have issued matching statements in New Delhi and Beijing.

The two sides additionally agreed to carry the seventh spherical of Military Commander-Level assembly as quickly as attainable and in addition take sensible measures to correctly resolve issues on the bottom, and collectively safeguard peace and tranquillity within the border space.

The joint assertion mentioned the 2 sides had candid and in-depth exchanges of views on stabilising the scenario alongside the LAC. “They agreed to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings and misjudgments,” the assertion mentioned.

The assembly yesterday was the sixth spherical of talks on the degree of the Lt General. Between June 6 and August 2, the 2 commanders met 5 instances.



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