India, China hold diplomatic level talks on border stand-off in Ladakh

New Delhi (NVI): India and China today discussed the way forward in normalising the situation on the border along Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh, as both the sides agreed to strictly observe and respect LAC during the diplomatic level talks.

The 15th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) was held through video-conference, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (East Asia), while Director General of the Department of Boundary & Oceanic Affairs of the Chinese MFA led the Chinese delegation, MEA said.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed in detail the developments in the India-China border areas in particular the situation in Eastern Ladakh. The Indian side conveyed its concerns on the recent developments in Eastern Ladakh, including on the violent face-off in Galwan Valley area on 15th June that had resulted in casualties, the external affairs ministry said.

“In this regard, it was emphasised that both sides should strictly respect and observe the line of actual control,” it said.

The two sides recalled the conversation last week between the Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi and reaffirmed that both sides should sincerely implement the understanding on disengagement and de-escalation that was reached by the Senior Commanders on June 6.

“The two delegations agreed that implementation of this understanding expeditiously, in accordance with the bilateral agreements and protocols, would help ensure peace and tranquillity in border areas and the development of broader relationship between the two countries,” the MEA said in a statement.

In this context, they also took note of the discussions in the second meeting of the Senior Commanders held on 22 June, it added

The two sides also agreed to maintain communication both at diplomatic and military level including under the framework of WMCC to resolve the existing situation peacefully.

-ARK