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India & China continue to maintain close communication: MEA on Ladakh standoff | India News

NEW DELHI: India and China continue to maintain close communication by means of diplomatic and navy channels with the target of guaranteeing full disengagement in any respect friction factors alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in japanese Ladakh, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) mentioned on Thursday.
The MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned the 2 sides have agreed to maintain the subsequent spherical of navy talks and are in fixed communication on this regard.
“India and China continue to maintain close communication through diplomatic and military channels with the objective of ensuring complete disengagement in all friction points along the LAC in the western sector and for full restoration of peace and tranquillity,” he instructed a media briefing.
Srivastava was responding to a query on the standing of talks between the 2 nations on the navy face-off in japanese Ladakh.
The troops of the Indian Army and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army(PLA) are locked in a standoff for over eight months.

Last month, India and China held one other spherical of diplomatic talks below the framework of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) on India-China border affairs.
“As you are aware, the latest round of WMCC was held on December 18. The two sides have agreed to hold a next round of senior commanders meeting, and are in constant communication through diplomatic and military channels in this regard,” Srivastava mentioned.
The eighth and final spherical of navy talks between the 2 sides befell on November 6 throughout which each side broadly mentioned disengagement of troops from particular friction factors.
Army chief Gen MM Naravane on Tuesday hoped for an amicable decision of the standoff by means of talks based mostly on “mutual and equal security”.
The Chief of Army Staff on the identical time asserted that Indian troops are absolutely ready to take care of any eventuality alongside the LAC and can maintain their floor so long as it takes to obtain the “national goals and objectives.”
India has all alongside been sustaining that the onus is on China to carry ahead the method of disengagement and de-escalation on the friction factors within the mountainous area.
Following the sixth spherical of navy talks, the 2 sides had introduced a slew of selections together with not to ship extra troops to the frontline, chorus from unilaterally altering the state of affairs on the bottom and keep away from taking any actions that will additional complicate issues.
This spherical was held with a selected agenda of exploring methods to implement a five-point settlement reached between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi at a gathering in Moscow on September 10 on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conclave.
The pact included measures like fast disengagement of troops, avoiding motion that might escalate tensions, adherence to all agreements and protocols on border administration and steps to restore peace alongside the LAC.

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