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29th India-China diplomatic talks: discuss border disengagement

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NEW DELHI: India and China amid border tensions exchanged views on ways of achieving complete

disengagement

and resolving the issues along the

Line of Actual Control

in the Western Sector of India-China

border areas

, ministry of external affairs (MEA) said in an official press release on Thursday.
India and China convened their 29th session of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border affairs (WMCC) in Beijing on Wednesday.

The Indian delegation, led by a Joint Secretary from the ministry of external affairs (MEA), co-chaired the meeting alongside the Director General of the Boundary & Oceanic Department of the Chinese ministry of foreign affairs.
“The 29th meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border affairs (WMCC) was held on 27 March 2024 in Beijing. Joint Secretary (East Asia) from the ministry of External affairs led the Indian delegation. The Chinese delegation was led by the Director General of the Boundary & Oceanic Department of the Chinese ministry of Foreign affairs,” the release read.
“The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on how to achieve complete disengagement and resolve the remaining issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of India-China border areas,” it added.

Following the meeting, both parties agreed to maintain open diplomatic and military channels to preserve peace and tranquility in the border regions.
“In the interim, both sides agreed to maintain regular contact through diplomatic and military channels and on the need to uphold peace and tranquility on the ground in the border areas in accordance with existing bilateral agreements and protocols,” the ministry said.

The 28th session of the WMCC took place in November of the previous year. During this meeting, both parties reviewed the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.
They engaged in an open, constructive, and thorough discussion regarding proposals aimed at resolving remaining issues and achieving complete disengagement in Eastern Ladakh, as stated by the ministry of External affairs (MEA) in a press release.
Additionally, they mutually acknowledged the imperative to uphold peace and tranquility along the border areas, maintain a stable ground situation, and prevent any untoward incidents.
Meanwhile, India has again rejected the “absurd claims” and “baseless arguments” made by China on Arunachal Pradesh, asserting that the northeast State is an “integral and inalienable part of India.
“The ministry of external affairs in an official statement on March 19 noted that the people of Arunachal Pradesh will “continue to benefit” from India’s development programmes and infrastructure projects.
The Chinese defence ministry recently reiterated its claim over Arunachal Pradesh, terming the Indian State as “Zangan- an inherent part of China’s territory”.”Zangnan is China’s inherent territory, and China never recognizes and firmly opposes India’s illegal establishment of the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’,” said spokesperson of the ministry of National Defence Senior Colonel Zhang Xiaogang on March 15.
The remarks from the Chinese military followed shortly after India issued a firm rebuttal to China’s comments regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh.
(With inputs from agencies)

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