In the first official announcement since the recent face-off, China announced its planning to initiate actions in line with the latest discussions with the Indian side.
The Chinese side, however, did not detail the ‘actions’ its planning at the Indo-China border.
This is the first-ever announcement from either side over the changes in the ground situation in the eastern Ladakh region.
To the latest, commanders of both sides met on June 10, 2020, for a general-level dialogue as a follow-up to talks held on June 06, 2020.
As part of the discussion, the two sides reached agreements on effective handling of the situation in the west section of the Indo-China border.
“At present, the two sides are taking actions in line with the agreement to ameliorate the border situation,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying said in a media briefing in Beijing.
“Both the armies are committed to ending the row through talks,” says another senior official.
However, the Indian side did not indicate any such ‘agreement’ on gradual dis-engagement.
“Both sides agree to implement the important consensus of the two leaders, avoid escalation of differences into disputes, work together to uphold peace and tranquility in the border area, and create a favorable atmosphere for the sound and stable development of bilateral relations,” says Hua.
The two sides are likely to hold more rounds of discussions in the coming days.
As the sources say, China is not likely to withdraw its troops from the disputed area until Finger 4 in Pangong Tso, which India claims is its territory.
It was in the same region the two sides entered into a face-off in early May 2020.
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