LAC standoff | India reviews progress of disengagement talks

A day after the marathon talks at the Corps-Commander level between India and China, the China Study Group (CSG) met on Wednesday evening and reviewed the progress of the talks for disengagement along the border, a defence source said.

Responding to questions on the talks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said “Both sides have made positive progress on promoting further disengagement between troops at the Western Sector of the boundary and de-escalating tensions. We hope that India can work with China to implement our consensus with concrete actions and jointly safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas.”

There are internal deliberations in the government on the issue to review the progress of the talks, a defence source said.

In a related development, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to make a two-day trip to Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir later this week, another defence source said.

The talks on Tuesday went on for 15 hours as both sides worked to finalise details of the next phase of disengagement. Details of the talks are awaited. The talks at Chushul in eastern Ladakh began at 1100 hours on July 14 and ended at 0200 hours on July 15, that is 0430 hours Beijing Standard Time, the source said.

The CSG was set up in 1976 by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) to advise on policy issues relating to China.

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