New Delhi: With India and China failing to arrive at a consensus on coordinated patrol along the Line of Actual Control, the exercise has been put off, said DNA in an exclusive report on Wednesday. In fact, the daily said that during a recent meeting of defence ministers of both the countries, the subject did not even come up for discussion though confidence-building measures, like more meetings among border officials, were discussed. “Since there is no clearly demarcated border, coordinated patrols are not feasible for both sides. It is possible on the Myanmar border, but not on the LAC,” a source was quoted as saying by the daily. (Also read: SCO Summit: Modi, Jinping Sign MoUs) Also Read - Over 19 People Killed in Massive Forest Fire in China’s Sichuan Province

The proposed practice was to include changes in patrolling patterns to make it less aggressive as well as giving prior information about patrols following the Doklam standoff. Last year’s standoff was triggered after Indian troops stopped Chinese road construction in the disputed region of Doklam. Also Read - Coronavirus: 'World Economy Staring at Recession; India, China Likely Exceptions,' Says UN



Later, a series of measures were planned when Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Wuhan in April and decided to guide their respective militaries to de-escalating tension. According to a new protocol, said the daily, troops have been advised not to carry mobiles or cameras while patrolling. The decision was taken as both sides realised that sometimes, even a small could trigger a controversy. Meanwhile, meetings and better communication between field commanders were being implemented since Wuhan meet, sources told the daily. However, there has been no breakthrough in the long-standing demand for a hotline between the armies for better communication. While Chinese have suggested a hotline at 2-3 levels, India has maintained that there should be only one channel at the Army headquarters level. Also Read - China Building Makeshift Hospital For Pakistan to Treat Coronavirus Patients