In a major development, India and China have agreed to stop sending more troops to the frontline. The development came after the 6th round of Military Commander-level meetings between the two countries amid the LAC standoff in Eastern Ladakh.
On September 21, Indian and Chinese Senior Commanders held the 6th round of Military Commander-level talks.
As per the joint statement issued by India and China on the 6th round of Senior Commanders’ meeting, they had candid and in-depth exchanges of views on stabilizing the situation along LAC in India-China border areas.
India and China have agreed to implement the consensus reached by the leaders, strengthen communication on the ground, avoid misunderstandings, stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground and avoid any action that may complicate the situation.
The two sides have also agreed to hold the 7th round of Military Commander-Level Meeting as soon as possible, take practical measures to properly solve problems on the ground, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border area.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Tuesday that China and India held the 6th round of corps commander-level talks on Monday, in which the two sides exchanged views on the current border situation, before agreeing to continue talking and discussing the issue.
The president of the Chengdu Institute of World Affairs, Long Xingchun, told the Global Times that this does not necessarily solve the long-standing border disputes between China and India, but marks a critical step to prevent the current situation from escalating.