For a total disconnect, India wants military commanders to meet with China at an ‘early date’
India again called on Thursday to hold the next meeting of Indian and Chinese military commanders at an “early date” so that the two sides can work towards the complete withdrawal of troops along the Royal Line of Control (LAC).
The two sides have been unable to make a breakthrough in the nearly eight-month standoff in LAC’s Ladakh sector despite several rounds of diplomatic and military talks, although Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said these discussions had resulted in a better understanding of each other. positions.
He said that on December 18 a meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (CMMC) on border issues was held and that the two parties agreed that the next or ninth round of talks between senior military commanders “should be held on a date next so that both parties can work to achieve a prompt and complete withdrawal of troops throughout LAC ”.
The disengagement must be in line with existing bilateral agreements and protocols and “fully restore peace and tranquility,” Srivastava said. He added that India and China continue to maintain communications through diplomatic and military channels.
Tens of thousands of troops from both countries have entrenched themselves over the winter at key friction points along LAC in eastern Ladakh after the two sides failed to agree on disengagement and de-escalation modalities.
On Wednesday, the Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane visited advanced areas in eastern Ladakh, including sites on the southern shore of Lake Pangong where Indian troops have occupied strategic heights, and reviewed the readiness of the forces.
Among the areas visited by Naravane was Rechin La, where Indian troops occupied strategic heights on August 29 and 30 to pre-empt moves by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to unilaterally change the status quo throughout LAC. .
Last week, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that India has the strength to give an adequate response to any transgression or unilateral action at the borders, but believes in finding a peaceful solution to conflicts.