On Thursday, India announced that it will continue its dialogue with China through military and diplomatic channels over the dispute over the eastern border of Ladakh. It was also informed that the two sides agreed to hold fresh talks in the near future.
India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava dismissed the British Times report of ongoing military negotiations between the two countries calling it “baseless.” He cited a Chinese professor who claimed that the Chinese PLA used microwave weapons and compelled Indian troops to leave East Ladakh.
Srivastava also said the purpose of the military negotiations is to assure peace and tranquillity in the western region, the thorough withdrawal and full restoration of along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Speaking at an online media briefing, Srivastava recalled eight rounds of meetings between top military officials from India and China held in Chushul on 6th November. The discussions were open, substantive and constructive, he said. The two sides exchanged views on all friction points related to the LAC along the western Indo-China border region.
Currently, about 50,000 Indian soldiers are deployed on high alert in several mountainous regions of eastern Ladakh, and repeated negotiations between the two countries have not resulted in concrete results to resolve the conflict. According to official figures, China has also deployed the same number of troops.
Reportedly, the purpose of future discussions will be to secure division and restore peace and tranquillity along the LAC in the western region.
Srivastava said in his recent statement, “We will continue our dialogue and communication through military and diplomatic channels and have also agreed to have another round of talks soon with a view to achieving this objective.”