New Delhi: India and China had “a frank and in-depth exchange of views” for the resolution of the relevant issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement on Thursday (January 13).
The 14th round India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side on 12th January 2022. Representatives from the defense and foreign affairs establishments of the two sides were present at the meeting.
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MoD said, “The two sides had a frank and in-depth exchange of views for the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the Western Sector. They agreed that both sides should follow the guidance provided by the State Leaders and work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.”
The ministry added, “It was noted that this would help in restoration of peace and tranquility along the LAC in the Western Sector and enable progress in bilateral relations. The two sides also agreed to consolidate on the previous outcomes and take effective efforts to maintain the security and stability on the ground in the Western Sector including during winter.”
Both India and China have agreed to stay in close contact. “The two sides agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest. In this context it was also agreed that the next round of the Commanders’ talks should be held at the earliest,” the Defence Ministry statement said.
India and China have been involved in a military standoff since May 2020 in the eastern Ladakh region.