- Increased expectation of full withdrawal of troops from all collision points on LAC
- India said – Both countries review border developments, agree on talks
- Ninth round of senior commanders meeting may be announced soon
India and China have reviewed the developments along the Line of Actual Control in East Ladakh and agreed on the complete withdrawal of troops from all points of conflict on the LAC. At the same time, consent has been agreed to continue to discuss this issue at the diplomatic and military level. The Foreign Ministry has informed in a statement, “Both sides agreed that the next (ninth) round of senior commanders should meet soon so that both sides complete the troops on the LAC as per the existing agreements and protocols. To withdraw from it and work towards establishing peace. ‘
In the context of talks with China over the East Ladakh deadlock, the Ministry of External Affairs said that it was agreed to work towards a full withdrawal of troops from all points of collision on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as soon as possible. On diplomatic-level talks with China over the border deadlock, the ministry said, “Both sides took cognizance that the seventh and eighth rounds of military talks helped bring stability”.
According to the statement of the Ministry, on Friday, 18 December, the 20th meeting of the Executive Mechanism (WMCC) on the Indo-China border matters was discussed and coordinated. The Indian delegation was led by the Joint Secretary (East Asia), Ministry of External Affairs, while the Chinese delegation was headed by the Secretary-General of the Department of Border and Ocean Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. The last meeting of the WMCC was held on 30 September.
According to the ministry, India and China have reviewed the developments along the Line of Actual Control in East Ladakh. Both sides took cognizance that the seventh and eighth round of senior commanders’ meeting helped bring stability at the ground level. It is noteworthy that the meeting of senior commanders of the seventh and eighth rounds was held on October 12 and November 6, 2020 respectively. The Foreign Ministry said, “Both sides agreed to continue discussions at the diplomatic and military level.”
It is worth noting that in the eastern Ladakh mountainous region of eastern Ladakh, about 50 thousand Indian soldiers are deployed in a fully prepared position. Negotiations to end the deadlock between the two countries have not yielded any concrete results yet.
Earlier, the Foreign Ministry on Thursday hoped that further talks with China would help the two sides reach a mutually acceptable agreement to fully retreat from all conflict zones on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Will help Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava had said in the press conference that the two sides are in contact through diplomatic and military channels and through these discussions, both sides have helped to increase understanding about each other’s stance.