India and China have come to an understanding to swiftly address the Line of Actual Control (LAC) issues in Eastern Ladakh.

India and China have reached an agreement to address the remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in an efficient and timely manner, following a comprehensive two-day discussion between military commanders held at Chushul.

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The noteworthy 19th round of talks, conducted on August 13 and 14, deviated from previous rounds that typically lasted only one day. This round saw both sides releasing a joint statement, a departure from the lack of joint releases after the previous 18 rounds.

While the joint statement was relatively succinct, it affirmed that the discussions were productive, constructive, and in-depth, with a focus on resolving the outstanding matters along the LAC in the Western Sector. Both sides engaged in an open and forward-looking exchange of perspectives in line with leadership guidance. Their shared commitment was evident as they expressed the intent to promptly address the remaining issues and sustain the ongoing momentum of dialogue and negotiations through both military and diplomatic channels. In the interim, the two parties agreed to uphold peace and tranquility in the border areas.

Representing India in the talks was Lt. Gen. Rashim Bali, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 14 Corps stationed in Leh. The last round of discussions at the Corps Commander level took place on the Chinese side on April 23.

Since the inception of the Corps Commander level negotiations in 2020, the two countries have successfully conducted disengagement activities at five friction points: Galwan, the North and South Banks of Pangong Tso, and Patrolling Points (PP) 15 and 17A in the Gogra-Hot Springs region. However, the more recent rounds of dialogue have encountered challenges related to disengagement at Depsang Plains and Demchok. China maintains that these points predate the 2020 standoff and thus warrant distinct considerations.

Both India and China are eagerly seeking progress ahead of potential forthcoming meetings between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. A significant event on the horizon is Mr. Xi’s anticipated attendance at the G20 summit scheduled for September 9 and 10 in New Delhi. Additionally, both leaders are slated to participate in the BRICS Summit taking place in Johannesburg from August 22 to 24.

India has repeatedly underscored the view that the bilateral relationship cannot fully normalize until the ongoing standoff is resolved. This assertion highlights the continued importance of addressing the challenges along the Line of Actual Control for the overall health and development of India-China relations.

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