Delhi and Beijing have agreed not to deploy additional troops along the Line of Actual Control (LoC) to ease India-Pakistan tensions. Citing a joint statement, The Indian Express reported that the two countries agreed to avoid mutual misunderstanding through negotiations at an army-level meeting in Moldo on Monday (21 September).
On Monday, an Indo-China military-level meeting took place in Moldo across the Line of Control in Ladakh. The two countries said in a joint statement that the purpose of the meeting was to reduce tensions along the Line of Control. However, the statement did not mention the withdrawal of troops from the Indo-China conflict zone.
It is believed that the decision was agreed to by the two countries at the military level so that tensions do not escalate into a military invasion along the Line of Control.
The India-China Foreign Minister level meeting was held in Moscow in early September amid tension on the Line of Control in Ladakh. There, the two foreign ministers agreed on five issues to ease tensions on the border. The sixth meeting of Delhi-Beijing Army level was held on Monday (September 21) in Moldo.
A statement issued on Tuesday said, “India-China military talks took place on September 21 to restore stability along the Line of Actual Control.” The two sides also agreed to implement the decisions made by the political leaders of the two countries on the issue of restoring stability, avoiding grassroots contact, dialogue and mutual misunderstanding. Both countries have agreed not to deploy additional troops along the border. No country will try to change the Line of Actual Control (LoC) alone or take any action that worsens the border situation. “
The statement said, ‘India and China have agreed to hold the seventh meeting at the military level. It will happen soon. Such meetings are very important for border security and maintaining stability there.
However, the statement did not say whether the withdrawal of troops from the disputed area was discussed.
The Indian contingent at Moldo was led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, commander of the 14th Corps of the Indian Army stationed at Leh. The Chinese delegation was led by Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang Military Area.