Respect and observe LAC, India tells China

– globalbihari bureau

New Delhi: India conveyed its concerns on the recent developments in Eastern Ladakh, including on the violent face off in Galwan Valley area on June 15 that had resulted in casualties to China during the 15th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) which was held through video-conference on Wednesday.

In this regard, India emphasised that both sides should strictly respect and observe the line of actual control.

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

The two sides discussed in detail the developments in the India-China border areas in particular the situation in Eastern Ladakh.

The two sides recalled the conversation last week between External Affairs Minister and the Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister H.E. 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. In this context, they also took note of the discussions in the second meeting of the Senior Commanders held on 22 June,” a Ministry of External Affairs release stated here. It further 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.”

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