India-China hold yet another meet, agree for de-escalation on border
India and China have agreed to sincerely implement the understandings reached between senior commanders of the two countries for peace on the Line of Actual Control.
India and China which are still facing tension on some friction points along the Line of Actual Control, held 17th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) on Friday.
While the Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (East Asia) from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Chinese delegation was headed by the Director General of the Boundary and Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the meet, the two sides reviewed the situation in the India-China border areas and the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC in the Western Sector.
Both sides agreed that “early and complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and de-escalation from India-China border areas in accordance with bilateral agreement and protocols and full restoration of peace and tranquillity was essential for smooth overall development of bilateral relations,” the MEA said in a statement.
The two sides noted that this was in accordance with the agreement reached between the two Special Representatives during their telephonic conversation on July 5.
The two sides agreed in this regard that it was necessary for both sides to sincerely implement the understandings reached between Senior Commanders in their meetings till date.
The two sides agreed that another meeting of the Senior Commanders may be held soon so as to work out further steps to ensure expeditiously complete disengagement and de-escalation and restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas.
India and China also agreed to maintain their ongoing engagements both at the diplomatic and military level, including through the meetings of WMCC.