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When we have something to share, we’ll share: MEA on Informed Proposals to Resolve Ladakh Standoff | India News


NEW DELHI: The Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that India and China agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels to resolve the Ladakh standoff, even as it refrained from commenting on reports that the two sides are working on a plan to pull Remove troops and weapons from border friction points.
“When we have something to share, we will share it. Discussions are ongoing,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava, responding to a series of questions about whether India and China are working on specific proposals to resolve the dispute. older than six months. in eastern Ladakh.
Government sources said on Wednesday that India and China generally agreed on a three-step process on troop withdrawal and arms withdrawal from all major sticking points within a specified time frame to ease the confrontation.
They said the proposals were widely discussed during the eighth round of high-level military talks between the Indian and Chinese armies on November 6 in Chushul, on the Indian side of the Royal Line of Control (LAC).
In his response, Srivastava also referred to the joint press release issued by the Indian and Chinese armies after the latest round of military talks.
“The talks were sincere, profound and constructive and both sides exchanged views on disconnection at all friction points along the Royal Line of Control in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas,” he said.
India and China have agreed to maintain dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels and, driving the discussions at this meeting of senior commanders, to press for other outstanding issues to be resolved. They have also agreed to have another round of meetings soon, “said Srivastava.
The ninth round of military talks is likely to take place in the next few days.
About 50,000 Indian Army troops are currently deployed in a high state of combat readiness in various mountainous locations in eastern Ladakh in sub-zero conditions, as multiple rounds of talks between the two sides have yielded no concrete results. to resolve the confrontation.
China has also deployed an equal number of troops, according to officials. The confrontation between the two parties broke out in early May.
Army Chief General MM Naravane said on Tuesday that he was hopeful that the Indian and Chinese armies could reach an agreement on withdrawal and easing of tension in eastern Ladakh.
India has always maintained that China has a responsibility to carry out the process of disengagement and de-escalation at the friction points in the mountainous region.
Following the sixth round of military talks, the two sides announced a series of decisions including not sending more troops to the front, refraining from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoiding taking actions that could further complicate matters.
The sixth round of talks came days after Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, reached a five-point agreement to resolve the dispute at a meeting in Moscow on September 10 in the framework of a conclave of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The pact included measures such as the rapid withdrawal of troops, avoiding actions that could increase tensions, compliance with all agreements and protocols on border management, and steps to restore peace throughout LAC.

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