India has conveyed its demand to China for restoring the April status along the border during the senior military commander talks on Saturday, sources said.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the talks were held in a “cordial and positive” atmosphere, and both sides will continue the military and diplomatic engagements to “resolve the situation”
According to the sources the talks went on for several hours and each side put across their issues, which would be conveyed to the respective governments and taken up in subsequent meetings. India was firm on restoring the status quo of April and pull back of Chinese troops and equipment from inside India territory and along the LAC while the Chinese side raised objections to India’s infrastructure development.
It was firmly conveyed that infrastructure development will go on in Indian territory and that China has already developed infrastructure on its side. China’s actions violate the existing boundary agreement meant to preserve peace and tranquillity on the border and this was also communicated, it has been learnt.
“A meeting was held between the Corps Commander based in Leh and the Chinese Commander on June 6, 2020 in the Chushul-Moldo region,” the MEA said in a statement. The Indian delegation was led by Lt. Gen. Harinder Singh, 14 Corps commander and the Chinese side was led by Maj. Gen. Liu Lin, Commander of South Xinjiang military region.
Both sides agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements and keeping in view the agreement between the leaders that peace and tranquillity in the India-China border regions is essential for the overall development of bilateral relations, the MEA stated.