India, China to continue military talks to address dispute along LAC in Ladakh

As the commander-level talks did not result in any immediate change in ground positions, India and China have decided to continue to hold discussions at both military and diplomatic level to address the present dispute on the LAC in the Eastern Ladakh sector.
“The talks at the military and diplomatic levels will continue to find a solution to the issue in Eastern Ladakh”, sources in New Delhi said.
The two sides had met on Jun 6 in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) but there has not been any significant change in the ground after that.
From the Indian side Lt General Harinder Singh who is the 14 Corps Commander in Leh had crossed over to Moldo on the Chinese side of the line of control opposite Chushul in Ladakh with his Chinese counterpart Major General Liu Lin.
During the talks, the Indian side stressed on the Chinese to end their military buildup on the LAC and going back to the situation before the Chinese side started deploying its military closer to the Indian Territory.
Both sides agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements and keeping in view the agreement between the leaders that peace and tranquillity in the India-China border regions is essential for the overall development of bilateral relations, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in its statement.
“Both sides also noted that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and agreed that an early resolution would contribute to the further development of the relationship,” the statement added.
In recent weeks, India and China have “maintained communication” through established diplomatic and military channels to address the situation in areas along the India-China border.