INDIA AND CHINA AGREE ON ‘ENSURING STABLE GROUND’ AFTER THE WMCC TALKS

After a month since the 13th round of Corps and Commander level talks between India and China, in which both countries hardened their position, the two agreed to ‘find an early resolution to the remaining issues along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh while fully abiding by bilateral agreements and protocols so as to restore peace and tranquility”. “The two sides also agreed that both sides should in the interim also continue to ensure a stable ground situation and avoid any untoward incident, “ said the Ministry Of External Affairs in an official statement on Thursday. The statement came out after the 23rd meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC).

 

The diplomats who participated in the WMCC talks agreed that the two countries reviewed the developments since the last meeting of the Senior Commanders of both sides that was held last month. Additional Secretary from the ministry of External Affairs led the Indian delegation and the The Director General of the Boundary & Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Chinese delegation. “It was agreed that both sides should hold the next (14th) round of the Senior Commanders meeting at an early date to achieve the objective of complete disengagement from all the friction points along the LAC in the Western Sector in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements and protocols”, the statement read. 

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