India-China agree not to build new posts along LAC: Report

Armed forces of both India and China at Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. [File Photo]

New Delhi: Mutually agreeing that no new posts are constructed in close proximity to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and identifying specific limits of patrolling, were some of the issues discussed in the Major General-level talks held between India and China at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) and Chushul, reports said.

The discussions also included not increasing troops by both countries along the LAC, said a report by IANS.

The news agency report quoting sources said that both the countries have agreed to refrain from violating any airspace by drones, defining ‘boundaries’ of patrolling, exchanging prior information about each other’s patrols, strictly following border protocols and where troops from both sides have been reduced since maintaining the integrity of such buffer zones.

The meeting between India and China took place at the Chushul-Moldo border point on the Indian side of the LAC. Since the border standoff started in May 2020, the armies of both countries have disengaged from the northern and southern flanks of the Pangong Tso, Gogra and Hot Springs area, though tensions remain in the Depsang plains and Demchok region.

With respect to Depsang and Demchok, both sides have failed to make any significant progress. The Indian side is looking for a solution to resolve the boundary issues at Depsang Point and CNN Junction.

The talks were held to resolve the standoff in eastern Ladakh, in which India was represented by Major General PK Mishra and Major General Hariharan. The talks were held to resolve the ongoing deadlock in Ladakh’s Depsang ground and Demchok area.

The report quoting army said that the talks took place in a clear and practical environment

Both sides held positive, constructive and in-depth discussions on resolution of outstanding issues along the LAC in the Western Sector. In line with the guidance provided by the leadership, the Indian and Chinese army exchanged views in an open and forward-looking manner.

On August 14, 19th round of Corps Commander-level talks were held between the Indian Army and the China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). During the talks, the withdrawal of troops in the tense area in eastern Ladakh and reducing the tension were discussed. The Depsang and Demchok areas were discussed by the Indian side.

Significantly, BRICS summit will also take place from Tuesday in South Africa. Defence experts believe that the conversation between the two armies is of special importance in view of the BRICS summit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping may meet on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, the report said.

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