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India and China engage in constructive diplomatic dialogue as soon as possible next round of military talks on Eastern Ladakh

India and China held “constructive” diplomatic talks on Thursday on proposals to resolve remaining issues and achieve complete disengagement in eastern Ladakh, but with no clear sign of a major breakthrough.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said both sides decided to hold the next round of senior commanders’ meeting as soon as possible to achieve the “objective” and the need to ensure a stable situation on the ground and avoid any escalation. But it was agreed. Unpleasant incident.

It said both sides reviewed the situation and held “open, constructive and in-depth” discussions on proposals to resolve outstanding issues and achieve complete disengagement in eastern Ladakh.

The virtual talks took place under the framework of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC).

Gauranglal Das, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the Ministry of External Affairs, led the Indian delegation. The Chinese team was led by the Director General of Border and Maritime Affairs in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Both sides reviewed the situation along the LAC in the western sector of the India-China border areas, and held open, constructive and in-depth discussions on proposals to resolve the outstanding issues and achieve complete disengagement in eastern Ladakh.” The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

“They agreed on the need to maintain peace in the border areas, ensure stable situation on the ground and avoid any untoward incident,” it said.

“Both sides agreed to continue the dialogue through military and diplomatic channels and hold the next round of senior commanders’ meeting at the earliest to achieve the above objective,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.

In the last round of military talks in October, the Indian side strongly pressed for resolution of the outstanding issues in Depsang and Demchok.

Indian and Chinese troops have been in a standoff for more than three years at some friction points in eastern Ladakh, while both sides have completed withdrawal of troops from several areas after extensive diplomatic and military talks.

India has been saying that its relations with China cannot be normal unless there is peace in the border areas.

A standoff broke out on the eastern Ladakh border on May 5, 2020, following a violent clash in the Pangong Lake area.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated significantly after the deadly Galwan Valley clash in June 2020, which was the most serious military conflict between the two sides in decades.

As a result of a series of military and diplomatic talks, both sides completed the withdrawal of troops from the northern and southern banks of Pangong Lake and the Gogra region in 2021.

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. Apart from the headline, there have been no edits to the copy by ABP Live.)

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