New Delhi: India and China on Tuesday released a joint statement and agreed to stop sending any more troops to the frontline in order to refrain from further worsening the ground situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Also Read - Twitter Shows Leh as Part of China, India Warns CEO Dorsey Against Misrepresentation of Map
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“On Sept 21, Indian & Chinese Senior Commanders held the 6th round of Military Commander-level meeting. They had candid & in-depth exchanges of views on stabilizing situation along LAC in India-China border areas. They agreed to implement the consensus reached by the leaders, strengthen communication on ground, avoid misunderstandings, stop sending more troops to frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing situation on ground & avoid any action that may complicate the situation,” read a statement released jointly by India and China following the military talks. Also Read - India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting to Discuss China Threat: Mike Pompeo
“The two sides also agreed to hold the 7th round of Military Commander-Level Meeting as soon as possible, take practical measures to properly solve problems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border area,” the statement added.
The statement comes after a 14-hour-long inconclusive discussion between the two countries in which the Indian side urged China to “move back” to its original position and maintain the five-point agreement reached between the two nations in the month of September to de-escalate the tensions that began in May.
It was for the first time that the Indian delegation had two Lieutenant Generals, two Major Generals and a Joint Secretary from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
However, talks largely remained inconclusive although both nations agreed to take forward their negotiations.
The military talks took place amid reports that China has doubled its air bases, heliports and defence positions near India’s Doklam border in Sikkim, touching China and Bhutan.
If reports are to be believed, China has now started constructing military positions in at least 13 new locations along its border with India.
Earlier this month, PLA troops also made movements to occupy the area between Finger 3 and 4 on the southern bank of Ladakh, which led to firing of around 200 shots in the air. Thereafter, both the troops are a few hundred meters away.
India and China have been engaged in a standoff since April-May this year after transgressions by the Chinese Army in Kongrung Nala, Gogra and Finger area near Pangong lake. Indian Army has now upped its preparedness manifold in the Ladakh sector to take on any aggressive moves by the Chinese Army in that sector.