New Delhi: After Chinese troops were observed to have “thinned” out in at least four stand-off points, China on Wednesday said that “actions” were being taken in line with an “agreement” reached with India.
This was the first official statement from either country that there had been changes in the ground situation in eastern Ladakh following talks between the two sides. However, the Chinese side did not provide any detail on the “actions” at the border with India.
Military sources had earlier stated that the density of Chinese troops at Galwan and Hot Springs had come down from Monday, which was reciprocated by India. However, there had been no change in status at Pangong Tso, where Chinese troops are on India’s side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). There had, however, been no official statement from India on these developments.
“Through diplomatic and military channels, China and India have recently had effective communication and reached agreement on properly handling the situation in the west section of the China-India boundary. At present, the two sides are taking actions in line with the agreement to ameliorate the border situation,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in Beijing at the regular media briefing.
On Wednesday, Indian and Chinese commanders held a major general-level dialogue which was a follow-up to the talks held on June 6.
“The talks were productive as both sides exchanged views in a positive atmosphere. Both the armies are committed to end the row through talks,” a senior military official said, as per a PTI report.
After Saturday’s talks, India’s readout had not given any indication of any “agreement” on gradual dis-engagement. India had reiterated that the two sides “agreed” on the need to resolve the situation peacefully in line with various bilateral agreements and the guidance of the leadership to maintain peace and tranquillity on the India-China border regions.
This was echoed by the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson at her briefing on Monday. “Both sides agree to implement the important consensus of the two leaders, avoid escalation of differences into disputes, work together to uphold peace and tranquillity in the border area, and create favourable atmosphere for the sound and stable development of bilateral relations,” said Hua.
Several other rounds of talks among the militaries are expected to take place in the coming days at the border.