India-China Diplomatic Level meeting today, talks on Mutual Relations Possible

A day before an important meeting of diplomats to review the India-China border deadlock, people familiar with the developments said on Thursday that the focus would be on ending the differences, resulting in the disruption and de-escalation process being halted. The Methodology for Consultation and Coordination on Border Affairs (WMCC), which held its last virtual meeting on 10 July, is expected to review the displacement process on Friday.  This will be the fourth meeting since the deadlock on China's border.

People involved with the case reported that "both sides will look at the progress made in the disintegration and de-escalation process as agreed by the leadership of the two countries, 'Nobody said that the process would be simple. It would be complicated and long-drawn."

India and China have not been able to ease tensions in the sensitive Ladakh region despite intense negotiations at the military and diplomatic levels, and the displacement process has almost stalled at some points of the LAC.  India on Thursday hoped that the Chinese side will work with New Delhi "faithfully" to completely withdraw its troops from eastern Ladakh, reduce tensions and complete peace and stability in the border areas.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Shrivastava said in an online media briefing that another round of diplomatic level talks between India and China is expected to take place soon, under the framework of the consultations and coordination mechanism.  People aware of the development said that this diplomatic dialogue is likely to take place on Friday and the main focus will be on the rapid withdrawal of troops from Pangong Soo and some other points of dispute in eastern Ladakh.  He said that after the Corps Commander level meeting, which lasted for about 15 hours on 14 July, the process of repelling the troops did not proceed as expected.

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