India and China are exploring the option of holding the next round of foreign ministry level meeting this week to end the stalemate and launch a de-escalation process along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
The likely meeting is expected to review new developments amid reports of PLA buildup along the LAC, ET has learnt. There are suggestions that the meeting could be held every week till the crisis is resolved.
PLA has increased military activity along LAC in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan Valley, with a slew of soldiers, military vehicles, earth-moving machinery and structures, according to reports.
Last week, China brought back the tent-like structure that Indian troops had destroyed on June 15 near Patrol Point 14 in the Galwan Valley. Subsequently, India cautioned that “continuation of the current situation would only vitiate the atmosphere for the development of the relationship”.
MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated last Thursday, “We expect that the Chinese side to sincerely follow up on this understanding and ensure the expeditious restoration of peace and tranquillity in the border areas. A continuation of the current situation would only vitiate the atmosphere for the development of the relationship.”