April 18, 2021

LIC – India says it is maintaining ties with China for a complete layoff

India on Friday said it was maintaining ties with China for a complete layoff at the friction points in the Ladakh sector of the Line of Control (LoC).

At a meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs (WMCC) on December 18, both sides reviewed progress on the LIC and agreed to hold another meeting between senior military commanders on an early date. However, the commanders have not yet met, which reflects the differences between the two sides.

“As you know, the latest round of the WMCC was held on December 18. Both sides have agreed to hold the next round of senior generals’ meetings and are in constant touch with diplomatic and military channels in this regard,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava told a weekly news conference.

“Meanwhile, despite ongoing discussions to achieve a complete layoff in all friction areas in accordance with existing bilateral agreements to restore peace and tranquility, both sides have been maintaining communication at the ground level to avoid any misunderstandings and misjudgments,” the statement said.

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Both sides have previously acknowledged that talks between military commanders have contributed to ground stability. The last two meetings between army commanders took place on October 12 and November 6.

Tens of thousands of troops from both sides have been dug into sub-zero levels with the LIC following the failure of diplomatic and military talks to move forward at the friction points in the Ladakh region. He said bilateral relations had been “severely damaged” by Beijing’s breach of border agreements.