Reached “Positive Consensus” with India on Border Issue, says China

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New Delhi: China on June 11 said that Indian and Chinese troops have started implementing the “positive consensus” reached by the senior military officials of the two countries on June 6 aimed at “easing” the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s remarks came a day after officials in New Delhi suggested that the armies of the two countries have undertaken a “limited disengagement” in few areas of eastern Ladakh in a demonstration of their intent to end the boundary standoff peacefully.

Asked about the reports of the troops on both sides disengaging and moving back to their previous positions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing in Beijing that both sides are taking steps to ease the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

“Recently the diplomatic and military channels of China and India held effective communication on the situation along the border and reached positive consensus,” she said.

“The two sides are following this consensus to take actions to ease the situation along the borders,” the spokesperson said.

Military sources in New Delhi told a news agency that the two armies “disengaged” at three locations including Galwan valley area (Patrolling Point 14), Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs (Patrolling Point 17) by 2-2.5 kms.

Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged since May 5 following a violent clash in Pangong Tso.

During their military-level talks on June 6, India and China agreed to follow the broad decisions taken by their leaders in the Wuhan summit in 2018 to ensure peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control.

The India-China boundary dispute covers the 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control.