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India and China agreed to stay in close contact with each other and maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues during the 14th round of the Corps Commander Level Meeting, according to the Defence Ministry statement on Thursday.

The meeting between the two neighbouring countries was held on Wednesday at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side.

According to the ministry statement, representatives from the defence and foreign affairs establishments of the two sides were present at the meeting where both sides had a “frank and in-depth” exchange of views for the resolution of the relevant issues along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the western sector.

Both India and China agreed that both sides should follow the guidance provided by the state leaders and work for the resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.

They noted that this would help in the restoration of peace and tranquillity along the LAC in the western sector and enable progress in bilateral relations, as per the statement.

It added that both sides also agreed to consolidate on the previous outcomes and take effective efforts to maintain the security and stability on the ground in the western sector including during winter.

They agreed to stay in close contact and maintain dialogue via military and diplomatic channels and work out a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest.

According to the statement, India and China also agreed that the next round of the Commanders’ talks should be held at the earliest.

LADAKH: A ceremonial Border Personnel Meeting on New Year was conducted at Chinese BPM Hut at Chushul-Moldo and DBO-TWD Meeting Points. (ANI photo)

India and China have been holding talks on the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Ladakh area to resolve the standoff and 14 rounds have been held so far including yesterday’s one.

The 14th round of Corps Commander Level Talks between India and China that took place at the Chushul-Moldo meeting point, on the Chinese side, lasted for around 13 hours on Wednesday. The meeting ended around 10:30 pm.

Sources added that the Indian side was represented by the new 14 Corps chief Lieutenant General Anindya Sengupta.

New Delhi and Beijing have been engaged in holding talks on the Line of Actual Control in the Eastern Ladakh area to resolve the standoff. So far, 13 rounds of talks have been held. The main push from the Indian side was for the resolution of Hot Springs friction point which emerged after the Chinese aggression last year.

While working towards establishing peace in the area, New Delhi has also maintained a high level of preparedness to thwart any misadventure by the enemy troops.Rapid developments have been made in terms of roads and habitats for troops.

LADAKH: Indian trucks mobilising in the areas.

Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Wednesday said that the Army will continue to deal with the Chinese PLA in a “firm, resolute and peaceful manner” in the northern borders and it has been maintaining the highest level of operational preparedness in the region.

Addressing a press conference here, he said there has been positive movement in terms of disengagement at some friction points along LAC in eastern Ladakh.

“Along our northern borders, we have continued to maintain the highest levels of operational preparedness, while engaging in sustained dialogue with the PLA. We will continue to deal with the PLA in a firm, resolute and peaceful manner while ensuring the sanctity of our claims. Necessary safeguards are in place,” Gen Naravane said.

“After persistent joint efforts, mutual disengagement has taken place at many locations. So there has been positive movement,” he added. (ANI)