China Border talks: Complete disengagement needed from both sides – India

India stressed upon early disengagement of troops at the Line of Actual Control(LAC) at the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination(WMCC) meeting held on Friday. India further stressed for the need of peace and tranquility at the border for improving bilateral relations.

This meeting is a significant development considering the escalation of hostilities at the northern end of the Line of Control (LAC) at the Galwan valley in the first week of May.

At the meeting, Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) from the Ministry of External Affairs, represented India while Hong Liang, director general of the boundary and oceanic affairs department represented the Chinese side.

These talks were another way to end the hostilities at the contested area of the India-China border at Galwan valley. Despite what was agreed by both parties, the Chinese are yet to disengage on their side of the LAC in contested areas like Depsang and Pangong Tso.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had earlier said that it wasn’t possible to guarantee the outcome of the talks with China.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Chinese foreign ministry said that the talks had started with positivity and were ‘candid’ and ‘in-depth’.

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