Border dispute: India engaging with China through diplomatic and military channels, says Foreign Secretary HV Shringla

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Updated: Jul 07, 2020 12:15 AM

India-China border dispute: Reports stated that the Chinese military has begun withdrawing from the Galwan Valley and Gogra Hot Spring on Monday.

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India-China border dispute: Amid reports that the Chinese troops had begun moving out of the disputed areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday said that India is engaging with China through diplomatic and military channels.

This came after China stated earlier in the day that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval had reached “positive common understandings” over easing the current tensions prevalent at the border between the two countries.

A press release issued by the Chinese foreign ministry said that “both sides had candid and in-depth discussions over easing the current border situation and reached positive common understandings.”

PTI reported that the two representatives also stressed on the need to act on the consensus reached by the military commanders to complete the disengagement of the front-line troops at the LAC as soon as possible.

The Ministry of External Affairs said that Doval and Wang had a “frank and in-depth exchange” over a telephonic call on Sunday. And PTI reported that they both agreed that for full restoration of peace in the border areas a “complete disengagement” of troops at the “earliest” was necessary.

Reports stated that the Chinese military has begun withdrawing from the Galwan Valley and Gogra Hot Spring on Monday. PTI quoted Indian government sources as saying that, in the Galwan Valley, the Chinese troops had removed tents and pulled back by up to 1.5 km from the area around patrolling point 14 and also begun moving back troops and vehicles from Hot Springs and Gogra.

Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff in several areas in eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley and Gogra Hot Spring.

Speaking at a seminar on Monday, Shringla was quoted by PTI as saying that the rise in tensions in different parts of the world, including on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China, emphasises the criticality of continued communication.

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