India, China engaged in positive talks to solve border standoff
Ladakh : One day after the reports of Indian and Chinese troops moving back from standoff positions in eastern Ladakh, China has confirmed that the two sides are engaged talks with 'positive consensus'. Both the countries are taking steps to "ease" the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
This is the first official response from China while India is yet to make an official comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, the two sides held Major General-level talks, which lasted over four hours, on Wednesday. Sources said the Indian side pressed for restoration of status quo ante, reiterating that troops should move back to the positions held in April-end, before the standoff began.
In Beijing, asked about reports of troops on both sides disengaging and moving back to their previous positions, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing that both the countries are taking steps to ease the situation along the borders.
“Recently, the diplomatic and military channels of China and India held effective communication on the situation along the border and reached positive consensus,” she said. “The two sides are following this consensus to take actions to ease the situation along the borders,” she added.
On Monday, China had said that both the countries take measures in a way that differences do not turn into disputes.