China on Thursday said that India’s proposal of restoring status quo ante of April 2020 in Eastern Ladakh may come up for discussion when the representatives of the two countries meet.
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The statement came after the nearly 16-hour-long Corps Commander-level talks at the Moldo border point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control that began at around 10 AM on Saturday.
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Central Military Commission of China also informed that a soldier of the rank of colonel, who led at Galwan Valley was seriously injured and was conferred with an honorary title on Friday.
The Indian side will be led by Lt Gen PGK Menon, 14 Corps Commander and the Chinese side will be headed by Maj Gen Lin Liu, Commander of South Xinjian Military District.
Evincing hopes the officer said that the process is continuing from both sides and we are expecting that the process will get completed by February 20.
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The spokesperson also said that the United States regularly engages with the Indian government on the two countries' shared commitment to democratic values.
While expressing the hope that an amicable solution can be reached through “dialogue and discussion”, the Army chief said, “If talks are prolonged, so be it.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said the relationship between India and China has been profoundly disturbed by the bloody face-off along the LAC in June last year.
The Chief of Army staff said he was hopeful that India and China will be able to reach an agreement for disengagement and de-escalation based on an approach of mutual and equal security.
Though the purpose of the Chinese troop reorganisation was not immediately clear, there was speculation that it could be due to bad weather.
India and China have held eight rounds of the Corps Commander talks, with the last one taking place at Chushul on November 6.
China should match its words with actions when it comes to maintaining peace at the Line of Actual Control, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.
Last year, around 48 per cent people surveyed had bought Chinese products during the festive season, the survey of more than 14,000 people stated.
Managing the supply lines and winter clothing were the key challenges in eastern Ladakh, initially.
Singh said he cannot divulge operational details of the Indian Army's actions there, but asserted that people will not just clap but start jumping with joy if they get to know about their valour.