Ladakh: A day after XIV Corps Commander Lt General Harinder Singh and South Xinjiang Military Region Commander Major General Liu Lin held extensive talks at the Chushul border point on ways to reduce tensions along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, Army sources indicated that more meetings and talks will be needed, both at the military and diplomatic levels, to break the impasse.
Sources were quoted as saying by Indian Express that, both sides, at the meeting that went on for 11 hours, “emphasised the need for an expeditious, phased and step-wise de-escalation as a priority”. This was the third meeting of the Corps Commanders – the meetings on June 6 and June 22 were held at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC, opposite Chushul.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters: “The two sides continue working towards implementing the consensus reached at the two earlier rounds of commander-level talks and made progress in effective measures by frontline troops to disengage and de-escalate the situation. China welcomes that.”
“We hope the Indian side will work with the Chinese side towards the same goal, keep up close communication through military and diplomatic channels, and ease the situation and reduce the temperature along the border,” Zhao said.