India & China agree to maintain border stability after Tawang clash

This is the first corps commander-level meeting between India and China after the Tawang clash.

New Delhi   | Updated: 23 December, 2022 1:23 pm IST
Tensions soared between India and China after the deadly Galwan Valley clash in 2020.

Military commanders of India and China held a meeting at the Chushul-Moldo border point along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on December 20 for the disengagement of their troops.

Army officers of the two countries held “frank and in-depth” discussions during the 17th round of India- China corps commander level meeting which was organised on the Chinese side of the LAC.

The two sides exchanged views on the resolution of the relevant issues along the LAC in the western sector in an “open and constructive manner”, according to a joint statement.

“Building on the progress made after the last meeting on 17th July 2022, they had a frank and in-depth discussion, keeping in line with the guidance provided by the State Leaders to work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest which would help in the restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC in the western sector and enable progress in bilateral relations,” it reads.

Tensions between India and China peaked after a major clash in the Galwan Valley which was fought with sticks and clubs.  It was the first fatal confrontation between the two sides since 1975. Earlier this month, Indian and Chinese troops again clashed in Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh, resulting in minor injuries to some soldiers.

After more than a dozen rounds of meetings, India and China announced to withdraw their troops from some disputed frontiers in Ladakh.

According to the ministry of external affairs (MEA), the two sides agreed to maintain security and stability on the ground during the latest round of military commanders’ meetings.

“In the interim, the two sides agreed to maintain the security and stability on the ground in the western sector. The two sides agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue through military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues, at the earliest,” said MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

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