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Ahead of June 6 talks, India, China agree to ‘peaceful discussion’ on border tension

A consensus between "leaders of the two countries" has been reached that "peaceful, stable and balanced relations between India and China will be a positive factor for stability in the current global situation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2020 10:26:27 pm
Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in a bitter standoff in several areas along the Line of Actual Control in mountainous eastern Ladakh Many rounds of military talks between Indian and Chinese commanders on the ground have failed to break the stalemate where the soldiers of both sides are deployed against each other on the LAC in Ladakh. (Picture source: Reuters)

A day ahead of the Lt. General-level talks talks between India and China, officials of the two countries Friday agreed to handle their differences through “peaceful discussion”. The two sides have been involved in a border dispute in eastern Ladakh since a month now.

MEA’s joint secretary (East Asia) Naveen Srivastava and Director General in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wu Jianghao spoke on the issue through videoconferencing Friday. “The two sides reviewed the state of bilateral relations including the current developments,” a statement by the Indian government said.

A consensus between “leaders of the two countries” has been reached that “peaceful, stable and balanced relations between India and China will be a positive factor for stability in the current global situation,” the MEA said, adding that both sides have also agreed to handle the differences through “peaceful discussion”.

“Both sides agreed, in accordance with guidance provided by the leadership to handle differences through peaceful discussion bearing in mind importance of respecting each other’s sensitivities, concerns and aspirations and not allow them to become disputes,” the statement read.

As Delhi and Beijing move to de-escalate the situation along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh by scaling up military talks to the level of Lt Generals, The Indian Express has learnt that an Indian proposal for restoration of status quo ante in the contested areas and simultaneous de-induction of artillery and tanks from the rear areas by both armies is likely to be on the table at the June 6 meeting.

A meeting at the level of Lt Generals to resolve a border dispute on the LAC is rare — all such earlier meetings have taken place at the level of Major Generals and Brigadiers.

The Indian delegation will be led by Lt General Harinder Singh, the general officer commanding of Leh-based 14 Corps, while the Chinese side will be headed by the Tibet Military District Commander at the talks in the Border Personnel Meeting Point at Maldo.

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