Indo-China Border Conflict: Both countries agree on next round of military talks

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that India and China have agreed on further talks regarding the Indo-China border conflict. The talks are expected to be held soon working in the direction of “early and complete disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh by the existing bilateral agreements and protocols.

Anurag Shrivastava, a spokesperson said the diplomatic and military talks have helped both countries to a better understanding of each other’s position on the dispute.

Earlier, under the framework of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on India-China border affairs, both India and China held another round of diplomatic talks.

Through the web meet, India and China agreed on the complete disengagement of soldiers in all friction points along the LAC in eastern at the “earliest”.

“India and China continue to maintain communications through diplomatic and military channels. These discussions have helped both sides to enhance understanding of each other’s positions,” Srivastava said, quoted The Indian Express.

Shrivastava further said, “As you are aware, a meeting of the WMCC on India China border affairs took place on December 18 and the two sides have agreed that the ninth round of senior commanders meeting should be held at an early date so that both sides can work towards an early and complete disengagement of troops along the LAC by the existing bilateral agreements and protocols and fully restore peace and tranquility.”

The eighth and last round of military talks had occurred on November 6 during which the two sides extensively examined the separation of troops from particular friction points.

Asked if India dropped all political ties events with China to celebrate the 70th commemoration of the foundation of strategic or diplomatic relations between the two nations, Srivastava said the exercises have not yet been launched. The Indian Express further quoted him as saying, “This is the 70th year of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and China. However, the activities that have been agreed upon have not yet been launched.”