India, China discuss complete disengagement, LAC issues

Led by the Joint Secretary (East Asia) from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Indian delegation engaged in an in-depth exchange of views with the Chinese delegation, which the Director General of the Boundary and Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs led.

| Updated: 28 March, 2024 2:41 pm IST
The 29th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) took place in Beijing

NEW DELHI: In the latest diplomatic engagement between India and China, the 29th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) occurred in Beijing on March 27, 2024. The discussions primarily focused on achieving complete disengagement and addressing the remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh region.

Led by the Joint Secretary (East Asia) from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Indian delegation engaged in an in-depth exchange of views with the Chinese delegation, which the Director General of the Boundary and Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs led.

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Both sides reaffirmed their commitment to continue the dialogue through diplomatic and military channels to uphold peace and tranquillity along the border areas, by existing bilateral agreements and protocols.

The meeting underscored the importance of maintaining regular communication to prevent any escalation of tensions on the ground. This comes against the backdrop of previous meetings where constructive discussions were held, albeit without significant breakthroughs.

India and China have faced strained relations, particularly after the deadly clash in the Galwan Valley in June 2020. Since then, efforts have been underway to de-escalate tensions and resolve longstanding border issues.

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In a statement following the meeting, the Ministry of External Affairs reiterated India’s stance on securing its borders, emphasizing the importance of restoring normalcy in troop deployments along the LAC as a prerequisite for building future relations with China.

The engagement between the two countries remains critical for regional stability, and both sides continue to seek a peaceful resolution of border disputes through dialogue and diplomatic channels.

The next steps in the ongoing dialogue process between India and China are awaited as both nations navigate the complexities of their bilateral relationship and strive for mutual understanding and cooperation.

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