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Sino-Indian LAC Talks Inconclusive Despite Claims of ‘Positive Environment’

NEW DELHI: The Sino-Indian talks to end border standoff at Line of Actual Control (LAC) have remained inconclusive, as reflected by the statement released by Indian Ministry for External Affairs on Sunday. The talks were aimed at resolving, what Indian media has described as “Chinese incursion in Ladakh, and the revival of April 2020 status there.”

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However, despite 12 rounds of talks, as reported in media, there has not been an iota of progress to meet the Indian demands.

The statement issued by the Indian Foreign Ministry reads “the two sides will continue the military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas: Ministry of External Affairs on the meeting held between Corps Commander based in Leh and Chinese Commander yesterday in Chushul-Moldo region.”

It says “both sides agreed to peacefully resolve situation in border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements and keeping in view agreement between the leaders that peace and tranquility in the India-China border regions is essential for overall development of bilateral relations,’ and that ‘both sides also noted that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries (India and China) and agreed that an early resolution would contribute to the further development of the relationship.”

It may be mentioned here that the Indian delegation was led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Commander of 14 Corps, while Commander of the Tibet Military District was leading the Chinese side.

Yesterday’s meeting took place after 12 rounds of talks between local commanders of the two armies and three rounds of discussions at the level of major general-rank officials could not produce any tangible outcome, the sources said.

The high-level military dialogue took place a day after the two countries held diplomatic talks during which both sides agreed to handle their “differences” through peaceful discussions while respecting each other’s sensitivities and concerns.

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