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LAC: India and China agree ‘early and complete disconnection’ | India News

NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese officials agreed to “the early and complete withdrawal of troops throughout LAC and the reduction of the border areas between India and China” at Friday’s meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs India-China (WMCC) in the wake of lack of progress in areas like Pangong Tso.
The virtual meeting, which was chaired by Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) at MEA, reviewed the disconnection process across LAC in eastern Ladakh. And India insisted, once again, that “the complete restoration of peace and tranquility was essential to the overall development of bilateral relations.”
According to sources, the disconnection process has been largely completed in the Galwan Valley, but has slowed down in the Pangong Tso and Hot Springs areas, which is a cause for concern in India. An official reading of the MEA said: “They agreed in this regard that it was necessary for both parties to sincerely implement the agreements reached between the senior commanders in their meetings to date.” This has been repeated at every WMCC meeting, and the MEA’s emphasis on it means that China must constantly remember this fact.
Another round of talks between military commanders is scheduled in the coming days to get the Chinese to withdraw.

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