Mumbai: India on Wednesday expressed its concern to China over the recent developments in East Ladakh, including a violent face in the Galwan Valley region area on June 15 and emphasised that “both sides should strictly respect and observe the Line of Actual Control”.
The two sides discussed the situation in detail in the Indo-China border areas on Wednesday, particularly in eastern Ladakh, during the meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Matters.
The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (East Asia) during the meeting organized through video-conferencing, while the Chinese delegation was led by the Director-General of Border and Oceanographic Affairs of the Chinese MFA.
“The two sides discussed in detail the developments in the situation in the Indo-China border areas, particularly in East Ladakh,” a Foreign Ministry release said.
“The Indian side conveyed its concerns over recent developments in East Ladakh, including a violent face in the Galvan Valley region on June 15, resulting in casualties. In this regard, it was emphasized that both sides Must strictly respect. Inspect the Line of Actual Control (LAC), “the release said.
The two sides agreed to maintain communication at both the diplomatic and military levels, including under the framework of the WMCC, to resolve the current peace.
The release said the two sides recalled a conversation last week between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, and confirmed that they understood the disagreement reached by senior officials on June 6 and the understanding on de-escalation. Should apply from both delegations agreed that according to bilateral agreements and protocols, the implementation of this understanding would help ensure peace and tranquillity in the border areas and the development of comprehensive relations between the two countries.
In this context, he also noted the discussion at the second meeting of senior commanders held on 22 June, the release said.
Indian Army 14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh and his Chinese counterpart held a meeting on Monday, which lasted for about 11 hours at the Border Personnel meeting point in Moldo to ease tensions between the two countries.
The violent confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops was followed by a commander-level dialogue in the Galvan Valley of Ladakh on 15 June.
India lost 20 of its soldiers in a violent confrontation and 10 Indian soldiers were also taken captive and later released. Indian contradictions have shown that the Chinese side suffered 43 casualties, including dead and seriously injured.
India has said that the situation could have been avoided if the agreement at the higher level been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.