Amid tension at LAC, WMCC talks between India and China underway

Amid the border tension at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination (WMCC) talks between India and China are underway virtually. This is expected to be followed by the 7th corps commanders meet, whose date is yet to be decided.

While this is the 19th WMCC meet since the mechanism came up in 2012, it is the fifth such meet amid the ongoing tension. At WMCC meets, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in Ministry of External Affairs Naveen Srivastava represents India. China is represented by Director General of the Boundary & Oceanic Department of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This is the first WMCC meet since the foreign ministers of two countries met in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) earlier in September in which both sides agreed for disengagement to ease the tension.

After the FMs meet, 6th corps commander level talks happened at the Line of Actual Control, and while disengagement by China is yet to happen, both sides agreed to “stop sending more troops to the frontline.”

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