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Expect China to work sincerely to achieve total disconnection and escalation reduction: MEA | India News

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NEW DELHI: India said on Thursday that it hopes China will sincerely work with it to ensure “a total disengagement and de-escalation” in eastern Ladakh, as the Special Representatives of the two countries decided last month.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava, in answering questions about the fighting in East Ladakh, referred to the decisions made by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi on the complete withdrawal of troops along the Royal Line of Control (LAC) during their telephone conversations on July 5.
Doval and Wang are special representatives for border talks.
“The two Special Representatives agreed that the early and complete withdrawal of troops throughout LAC and the de-escalation of the border areas between India and China in accordance with bilateral agreements and protocols and the full restoration of peace and tranquility was essential for the smooth development of bilateral relations, “said Srivastava.
He said that India remains committed to this goal.
“We also hope that the Chinese side will work with us sincerely to achieve complete disconnection and reduction of escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquility in border areas,” he said.
When asked if India was reviewing the operation of the Confucius Institutes of China in India, he said the government has established specific guidelines for such centers, noting that any violation of the rules can invite action.
He said that the MEA had issued in 2009 detailed guidelines for the establishment and operation of foreign cultural centers and that these standards apply to any cultural center that is supported or sponsored by an autonomous foreign organization, including any Confucius Center.
“According to these guidelines, MEA approval is required for any memorandum of understanding or agreement that such centers wish to enter into with an Indian organization. Naturally, if any Indian institution entered or had entered into an agreement that would be within the scope of these guidelines then it would require government approval, “he added.
“And as a corollary if the approval was not taken when establishing such centers, then it was not in accordance with the guidelines,” he added.
Amid China’s aggressive stance across LAC, India has launched several measures against Chinese entities.
In June, the government banned 59 China-based apps. It was followed by a ban on 47 more Chinese apps that mainly acted as clones of some of the banned apps.

Times of India

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