India, China arrive at ‘mutual consensus to disengage’ at military-level talks

India-China face-off: Core issue is to 'strictly' follow bilateral border pacts, says MEA

New Delhi (NVI): There was a ‘mutual consensus to disengage’ in Eastern Ladakh, at the Corps Commander level talks held between India and China yesterday, according to sources.

Lieutenant General level talks took place at Moldo on the Chinese side of Chushul in eastern Ladakh yesterday, a week after the violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in which 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives.

Sources said that the talks were held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere. They said that modalities for disengagement from all friction areas in Eastern Ladakh were discussed and will be taken forward by both sides.

Yesterday, a second round of meeting between Corps Commanders from both sides was held at the Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point in eastern Ladakh, to defuse tension at LAC after the bloody face-off.

The June 6 meeting was also held at the same place in which the Indian side was led by Commander of Leh-based 14 Corps Lt Gen Harinder Singh and the Chinese side was led by South Xinjiang Military District Commander Major General Liu Lin.

In the worst-ever flare-up between the two armies at Line of Actual Control (LAC) since 1967, India and Chinese troops clashed with each other at Galwan Valley in Ladakh after the latter refused to remove a tent as part of what was agreed on June 6 meeting.

Since early May 2020, the Chinese side has been hindering India’s normal, traditional patrolling pattern in this area, according to the Indian foreign ministry. “This had resulted in a face-off which was addressed by the ground commanders as per the provisions of the bilateral agreements and protocols,”’ said MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava recently.