India China Face Off: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh To Visit Ladakh

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Rajnath Singh

The Legitimate Desk
With diplomatic channels between India and China trying to deescalate the situation along Line of Actual Control, the Union defense minister along with Army chief is scheduled to visit the Ladakh on Jul 3.

Sources told The Legitimate that India and China have been engaged in discussions through established military and diplomatic channels to address the situation along the LAC in India-China border areas.

“Commanders from PLA & Indian Army side held a meeting at Chushul, on the Indian side, for another round of talks on 30 June 2020,” sources said.

This was third senior military commander level engagement to discuss issues related to disengagement at the faceoff sites along the LAC and de-escalation from the border areas.

The sources privy to the developments said that both sides have emphasized the need for an expeditious, phased, and stepwise de-escalation as a priority.

The two nuclear countries are locked at LAC in Ladakh for over four months following the incursions from China into Galwan valley and Pansong Pso lake.

“This is in keeping with the Agreement between External Affairs Ministers and his Chinese counterpart during their conversation on 17th June that the overall situation would be handled in a responsible manner, and that both sides would implement the disengagement understanding of 6th June sincerely.”

The meeting on Tuesday was long and held in a businesslike manner keeping in view the Covid-19 protocols.

According to sources, the discussions reflected the commitment of both sides to reduce the tensions along the LAC. The process of disengagement along the LAC is complex and in such a context, speculative and unsubstantiated reports need to be avoided.

“More meetings are expected both at the military and at the diplomatic level, in future, to arrive at mutually agreeable solution and to ensure peace and tranquility along the LAC as per bilateral agreements and protocols,” sources added.

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