Ladakh Standoff: India, China to hold weekly talks to resolve border dispute

June 29, 2020: India and China have agreed to hold weekly talks in the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination meeting to resolve the ongoing dispute in Eastern Ladakh

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June 29, 2020: India and China have agreed to hold weekly talks in the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination meeting to resolve the ongoing dispute in Eastern Ladakh after the People's Liberation Army amassed over 10,000 troops along the Line of Actual Control there.

According to the sources, the two sides have decided to hold talks at the WMCC meeting, like the one that was held through video conferencing last week and was headed by an official from the Ministry of External Affairs.

The talks with the Chinese side will help in further disengagement and de-escalation of the situation along the borders with China, the sources said.

India and China have been locked in a dispute over the boundary issues following Chinese incursion at multiple locations including the Galwan valley, where they were involved in a violent face-off which resulted in heavy casualties to both sides.

The Ladakh confrontation was the fiercest clash between India and China in nearly 45 years. The last gruesome battle between the two nations was seen during the Sino-Indian war.

Sources said that the Chinese, during the talks, had come up with maps of 1959 and 1960 to suggest that the LAC should be aligned between the two countries on the basis of those.

During the talks, the Chinese also tried to squarely blame India by suggesting that Beijing had sorted out its disputes with four countries with whom it shares land borders but it has had problems in doing so with India. The charge was plainly rejected by the Indian side, sources said.

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